Study reveals how much directors of the 10 highest-grossing films would earn per minute


The Knowledge Academy, an awarded & globally established provider of training courses commissioned a new study to find out how much top directors would earn if they were paid per minute of their film.

The study by undertaken by considering the 10 highest-grossing films of all time and looking at their Box Office revenue, The Knowledge Academy worked out how much each respective director would earn per minute of their film.

As per the Study:
  • Disney was home to many highest-grossing films, with more than half of the directors on this top 10 list associated with the studio.
  • James Cameron was the highest earning director per minute with his two films making to the list – Titanic and Avatar.
  • Directing duo, the Russo Brothers rounded up in the last pspot, having earned the least per minute for Infinity War

James Cameron took the lead and the runner-up spot by having two films in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar. The report revealed that Cameron earned £1,692,760.84 (equivalent to $2,262,308.25) per minute for his work on the tragic love story Titanic, and £257,769.38 per minute for his sci-fi epic Avatar! These two films have a combined worldwide gross of £3,731,929,320 from the box office.

In third place was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, achieving £1,548,375,616in worldwide gross, with director JJ Abrams earning £256,977.67($343,440.54) per minute of film. The seventh film in the franchise, and the first in the sequel trilogy, it seems The Force Awakens has awoken Abram’s bank balance!


Furious 7,the fast-paced action thriller that starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel in the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, saw James Wan place sixth with estimated earnings per minute of £165,602.01.

Joss Whedon, an open critic of how little he was paid upfront for assembling The Avengers onto the big screen, earned £158,943.25 per minute of film in back end revenue, landing him at number seven in this list. The Avengers grossed £1,137,059,343worldwide at the box office.

Moreover, despite an Oscar under their belt, Disney’s famous pair Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee snowballed into ninth place, having earned £105,337.41 per minute of film for Frozen II. Whilst the Russo Brothers earned the least per minute of film for their 2018 superhero conglomerate Infinity War, having earned £102,864.09 per minute.

The top 10 Directors of the top 10 highest-grossing films:

  Film Director Film Length (Minutes) Worth per minute ($) Worth per minute (£)
1 James Cameron Titanic 194 2,262,308.25 1,692,760.84
2 James Cameron Avatar 162 344,498.64 257,769.38
3 JJ Abrams Star Wars: TFA 135 343,440.54 256,977.67
4 Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World 124 330,380.60 247,205.63
5 Jon Favreau The Lion King 118 280,837.86 210,135.52
6 James Wan Furious 7 137 221,320.57 165,602.01
7 Joss Whedon The Avengers 143 212,421.40 158,943.25
8 Russo Brothers Endgame 181 154,574.61 115,659.68
9 Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee Frozen II 103 140,779.31 105,337.41
10 Russo Brothers Infinity War 149 137,473.81 102,864.09


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