– by Joseph Jammer Medina


To many, Steven Spielberg is the quintessential director. He helped create the idea of the Hollywood blockbuster, and countless film lovers grew up on the magic that he put on the silver screen. It’s with that in mind that it’s quite fitting that Spielberg is the first director to across an incredible milestone.

A new report from TheWrap has stated that Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, has made $475.1 million worldwide since its release last month. This makes the film the director’s top-grossing movie in the last decade, but also pushed him ahead into full-on legendary mode (if he wasn’t already).

Spielberg is now the first director to gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide. To put this into perspective, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of right now has made nearly $15 billion in total box office gross. Obviously, it’s an unfair comparison since each one of those is a blockbuster (and they have story momentum on their side), but it goes to show just how much $10 billion really is.

So how far back is the competition? The closest competitor to Spielberg is Peter Jackson, best known for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Those films have helped bring Jackson’s worldwide lifetime gross to $6.5 billion. So yeah…Spielberg has nearly a $3.5 billion lead on virtually everyone else in the business, including Michael Bay ($6.4 billion), James Cameron ($6.1 billion), and David Yates ($5.4 billion).

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.