Steven Spielberg becomes first director to make $10bn at the box office
Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg has become the first director to gross more than $10 billion at the box office.
The award-winning movie-maker – who has helmed hits such as ‘Jaws’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ – has won the race to the landmark figure.
Steven Spielberg is circling his first-ever superhero film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is developing an adaptation of the DC Comics’ Blackhawk, with Spielberg himself in line to direct the film.
By contrast, his closest rivals – Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and James Cameron – are all currently around the $6 billion figure.
Box Office Mojo reports that Spielberg’s latest effort, ‘Ready Player One’ – which stars Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan – has taken the director across the monetary threshold.
So far, the movie had made $114 million, thereby making it the 17th most successful of Spielberg’s legendary career.
Despite the remarkable success he’s enjoyed over the years, Spielberg previously admitted that he never reflects on his past achievements.
“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”
The 71-year-old director explained that although he’s proud of what he’s accomplished during his time in Hollywood, he’s always thinking about his next project.
It’s worth noting that Spielberg has been critical of the superhero genre in the past. “I think the obsession with four-quadrant and superhero movies puts legitimate cinema in jeopardy,” he remarked in an interview earlier this year. It worries me that audiences will only go to the movie when they trust the brand and I worry that some of our small great movies will only be made for the small screen.”
He shared: “I don’t look back. I make movies and I work a lot and I look forward all the time. I don’t often look back.”
Spielberg also revealed that the success of ‘Jaws’ marked a major turning point in his career, as it gave him a freedom to make the films he felt passionate about.
He said: “The experience gave me complete freedom for the rest of my career.
“The amount of success the film enjoyed just gave me final cut, gave me the chance to tell my own stories.”