Sam Raimi and Gore Verbinski are mostly known for their franchises (Evil Dead, Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean), and their last names both end in "i". But who has had the more successful directing career so far?
Commercial Success Score is based on adjusted box office numbers, calculated using domestic box office dollars, average ticket price in release year, U.S. population, and tickets purchased per capita.
Gore Verbinski leads in total adjusted box office and average adjusted box office, thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise ($1.1B). Sam Raimi has the Spider-Man franchise ($1.1B) under his belt, but he also has a few box office weaklings, like A Simple Plan and The Gift.
Edge: Gore Verbinski
Verbinski is no contest for Raimi in this category. Raimi's films, lead by Spider-Man 2 and A Simple Plan average higher than Verbinski's, lead by Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Edge: Sam Raimi
Miscellaneous Score is based on Academy award nominations and wins, number of films directed, number of films written, Director's Guild nominations and wins, appearances on AFI lists, and inclusions in the National Film Registry.
All of Gore Verbinski's Oscar nominations come from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Sam Raimi garnered nominations for A Simple Plan (2 noms, 0 wins) and Spider-Man 2 (3 noms, 1 win). The AFI and NFR lists are Verbinski and Raimi free. Verbinski has written 1 of his 8 films, Raimi has written 6 of his 12, which gives him the edge in this category.
Edge: Sam Raimi
Gore Verbinski, from inauspicious beginnings (Mousehunt), to horror meastro (The Ring), to pirate captain (Pirates of the Caribbean). Versus Sam Raimi, from independent origins (The Evil Dead), to classic cheeseball western (The Quick and the Dead), to franchise filmmaker (Spider-Man). Thanks to Raimi's critical success, he wins this battle.
Winner: Sam Raimi