Steven Spielberg becomes first director to earn $10 billion total box office

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Apr 17, 2018

Call him Mr. Worldwide, because director Steven Spielberg has become the first director to cross the $10 billion mark for his total international box office thanks to the critically-mixed Ready Player One. That’s more than $3 billion ahead of the next runner-up, Peter Jackson (whose Lord of the Rings trilogy really packed the Dwarven coffers).

According to The Wrap, the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park kingpin passed the landmark after his newest film, based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name, grossed over $475 million since its debut last month.

That’s a bigger haul than anything the director has made in a decade, since the fan-disowned Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull brought in a staggering $786.6 million. The latter film is Spielberg’s second-best performer, after the global smash that was Jurassic Park. The dinosaur movie to end all dinosaur movies made almost a billion dollars in its own right, and that’s not even taking into consideration the rest of Spielberg’s prolific output.

The New Hollywood filmmaker known for his childlike enthusiasm and familial themes has directed over 30 films, almost all of which have been well-received by critics and audiences. But his financial smash hits were fewer and far between (he’s only had three films with $100m+ openings), which is the only reason it’s taken the legendary director this long to hit this high mark.