The 5 Highest-Grossing Film Producers

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Good producers recognize the potential of an idea, an image or an inspiring achievement and dedicate themselves to telling its story through film. As the individual responsible for all aspects of the movie, the producer arranges the funding, puts the right talent in place and guides the stages of creation down a budget-respectful path. The entertainment industry’s most successful producers collectively have brought us films grossing more than $26 billion—along with hours of enjoyment that cannot be measured by dollar signs.

5 Frank Marshall

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With 54 films grossing more than $4,510 million, Frank Marshall merits recognition as one of the entertainment industry’s most accomplished producers. Marshall’s credits include hits he produced through the company he shares with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy, such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Sixth Sense.”

4 Jerry Bruckheimer

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Jerry Bruckheimer began his career as a producer in partnership with the late Don Simpson. His trademark has become big-budget action-packed films exemplified by hits such as “Top Gun,” “Armageddon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest.” Box Office Mojo lists Bruckheimer’s lifetime gross total, based on 42 films, as $4,681.8 million.

3 Stan Lee

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Stan Lee is best known as the creator of Marvel Comics characters that he helped bring to the big screen, such as “Spider-Man,” “X-Men” and “Iron Man.” Box Office Mojo put Lee’s lifetime box office gross at more than $5,224.5 million. Third among cinema’s highest-grossing producers, Lee’s total includes films for which he assumed the less-active role of executive producer, but also tallies the fewest number of movies: 27.

2 Kathleen Kennedy

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Movies are a family affair for producer Kathleen Kennedy, the second highest- grossing producer at $5,437.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures. Kennedy and her husband, Frank Marshall, produce films through their company, Amblin Entertainment, with partner Steven Spielberg. Kennedy also has co-produced Spielberg films, such as “The Color Purple,” “Jurassic Park” and “Lincoln.”

1 Steven Spielberg

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The name Steven Spielberg has been synonymous with movies since the 1982 blockbuster “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” which he directed and produced. Spielberg received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for his body of creative work and has two best director Oscars. Based on 63 films carrying the Spielberg name as producer or co-producer through 2013, industry reporting service Box Office Mojo ranks Spielberg the No. 1 highest-grossing movie producer at more than $6,468.2 million.

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