Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has struck a milestone for top grossing directors.
Spielberg is already, hands down, the top-grossing director worldwide. The man’s films have made billions of dollars, and now they’ve crossed a milestone for Hollywood: $10 billion.
That’s how much money all of Spielberg’s films have made combined. A whole $10 billion.
Spielberg’s latest masterpiece, Ready Player One, has grossed $114.9 million in the US since its release a few weeks ago, with a total worldwide box office take of $475.1 million (according to Box Office Mojo.com). That’s great by anyone’s standards, but in Spielberg terms it’s practically small time.
Jurassic Park is far and away Spielberg’s biggest commercial success, grossing $984 million at the box office. Second place is 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which although panned by critics still made a whopping $787 million. The 1983 family sci-fi classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial took home a modest $717 million.
To put this into directorial perspective, Peter Jackson still trails behind Spielberg by $3 billion despite the fact he has Titanic and the entire Lord of the Rings franchise behind him.
Despite making more money for his movie-studio overlords than anyone has any right to, and despite the fact he turned 71 last December, Spielberg doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon. He’s hard at work making a refreshed version of West Side Story along with a fifth Indiana Jones movie that has yet to be named.
We don’t think Harrison Ford has signed on for it, but crazier things have happened.
"I didn't know anything about whether I was gonna have a career or where this was going to go. I just knew that it filled up the time and it gave me a tremendous amount of satisfaction. And the second I finished a movie, I wanted to start a new one because I felt good about myself when I was making a film. But when I had too much time to think, all those scary whispers would start up," revealed Spielberg in the 2017 HBO documentary Spielberg. "It was not fun to be me in between ideas or projects."
Ready Player One is Spielberg’s latest masterpiece. Based on a 2011 novel by Ernest Cline (who also helped write the screenplay), it depicts a dystopian future where the entire world’s economy is based on a virtual reality game. It’s still in theatres, and judging by its success it probably will stay there for a few more weeks.