Steven Spielberg now crosses another achievement off the list. He has become the first director to make $10 billion at the worldwide box office. His latest movie, “Ready Player One,” pushed him across the line after grossed $475.1 million globally in three weeks of release.
Spielberg has been considered one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood. For his biggest hits “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Jaws”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” The latter remains his biggest movie with a total of $938.8 million. Followed by “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” with $786.6 million.
In the HBO documentary Spielberg, which premiered last year, the filmmaker reflected on his cinematic legacy. “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,” he said. “It was not fun to be me in between ideas or projects.”
Take a look at his biggest hits:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a rip-roaring adventure with lots of hand-to-hand battles and plenty of guns. There’s not too much blood and gore. But it’s still way up there in the body count department. Most of the thrill of this movie is in the fright factor. So cadavers, snakes, spiders, and nasty villains also abound.
In this movie, a giant white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island. A fictional New England summer resort town. Instigating the local police chief to hunt it. With help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. Robert Shaw as shark hunter Quint, Richard Dreyfuss as oceanographer Matt Hooper, Murray Hamilton as Larry Vaughn, the mayor of Amity Island, and Lorraine Gary as Brody’s wife, Ellen. A screenplay is credited to both Benchley.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
It is the third installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. Harrison Ford reprises the title role and Sean Connery plays Indiana’s father, Henry Jones Sr. Indiana searches for his father In this movie, set largely in 1938. A Holy Grail scholar, who has been kidnapped by Nazis.An art collector appeals to Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart.
Saving Private Ryan
The film is notable for its graphic portrayal of war, and for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings. This film follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and a squad (Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies) as they search for a paratrooper.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
This film was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by David Koepp, loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1995 novel The Lost World. The film was produced by Gerald R. Molen and Colin Wilson. Jeff Goldblum returns as the chaos-theorist and eccentric mathematician Ian Malcolm. Leading a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Lee Chester, and Arliss Howard. The only actor Goldblum is from the previous film to return with a major role. Feature return appearances by Richard Attenborough as John Hammond and a brief appearance by Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards as Hammond’s grandchildren Tim and Lex.
He balances those blockbusters with more serious movies, like his recent Oscar-nominated “The Post.”
Running behind Spielberg are Peter Jackson (about $6.5 billion), Michael Bay ($6.45 billion), and James Cameron ($6.1 billion).
Steven Spielberg is likely to add to his lead with an upcoming “Indiana Jones 5” and a remake of “West Side Story.”