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Ken Daurio

Best known as a Screenwriter based on credits in that role in 8 films, with $4,330,007,967 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #15)
Best-known technical roles: The Secret Life of Pets (Screenwriter), Despicable Me 2 (Screenwriter), Despicable Me 3 (Screenwriter), Doctor Seuss' The Lorax (Screenwriter), Despicable Me (Screenwriter)
Best-known acting roles: Celebrity (Despicable Me 3)
Most productive collaborators: Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul, Christopher Meledandri, Yarrow Cheney, Louis C.K.

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Career Summary

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting1$264,624,300$769,905,856$1,034,530,156
In Technical RolesScreenwriter8$1,774,843,669$2,555,164,298$4,330,007,967
Executive Producer1$214,030,500$136,946,253$350,976,753
Story Creator1$108,085,305$80,572,288$188,657,593
Character Creator1$0$0$0

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists

2017 Preview: June

June 1st, 2017

Despicable Me 3

May was a really soft month with only one unqualified hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which is climbing towards $375 million domestically. The second biggest hit of the month will be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and I would be surprised if it tops $150 million by any serious margin. June looks a lot more profitable. There are five weeks and every week there is at least one film with a great shot at $100 million or more. In fact, there are four films with at least a decent shot at $200 million and we could double the number of $300 million hits released so far this year. Wonder Woman is widely expected to start the month with an explosive debut and pulling in more than $100 million during its opening weekend is more and more likely. That said, Despicable Me 3 will probably end up being the biggest hit overall with over $300 million. Meanwhile, Cars 3 and Transformers: The Last Knight are both aiming for $200 million. Last June was not particularly strong, outside of one hit. Finding Dory earned nearly $500 million domestically, while the second best film, Central Intelligence, barely earned a quarter of that. I don’t think any film will come close to Finding Dory, but there’s a lot more depth this time around and I have high hopes 2017 will extend its lead. More...

2016 Preview: July

July 1st, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets

It's July 1st, which is Canada Day. To celebrate, I wanted to give a gift to my American readers down south, so here's a bunch of "u"s. U, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u, u. Now you can spell words like "colour" and "neighbour" correctly. As for the July preview... June wasn't a good month, despite Finding Dory being on pace to become the biggest hit of the year so far. Most other films failed to match expectations and as a result, 2016's lead over 2015 has nearly evaporated. In fact, ticket sales are below last year's pace. So how does July look in comparison? Well, last July, there were five films that earned more than $100 million, led by Minions, which earned more than $300 million. This July, there are five films that should earn more than $100 million, led by The Secret Life of Pets, which should earned around $250 million. I don't think July 2016 will live up to July 2015, but it should be close. Maybe if one of the expected midlevel hits is a surprise $100 million hit, or if two more of the $100 million hits crack $200 million, then the month will look great. Or one of the expected $100 million hits could flop and 2016 will actually fall behind 2015, even without taking into account ticket price inflation. More...

2013 Preview: July

July 1st, 2013

For the most part, June was a really strong month at the box office with nearly every film either matching expectations, or at least coming close enough to call it a victory. Looking forward, there are a dozen films opening wide in July, more or less. One of them, The Smurfs 2, is opening on a Wednesday, so I'm going to hold off talking about that movie till the August preview. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is opening in less than 1000 theaters, but it has a shot at reaching the top ten during its opening weekend. If we include both of them, there are twelve films, but I think it is better to stick with the ten truly wide, truly July openings. Of these, Despicable Me 2 is clearly going to be the biggest hit at the box office. It could become the second biggest hit of the year so far. It is not the only film that could be a $100 million hit. In fact, there are six films opening in July that I think have a better than 50% chance of reaching that level. There is currently only one film that I think won't at least become a midlevel hit. By comparison in 2012, there were three $100 million movies, led by The Dark Knight Rises, but the rest of the new releases struggled. There's no chance any movie opening this month will top $400 million, in fact, it is quite possible no film will get to $300 million. That said, 2013 has a lot better depth, so it might come out on top in the end. More...

All Acting Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
6/14/2017 Despicable Me 3 Celebrity  $264,624,300 $769,905,856 $1,034,530,156
Movies: 1Totals:$264,624,300$769,905,856$1,034,530,156

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists

All Technical Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
6/7/2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Character Creator $0 $0 $0
6/14/2017 Despicable Me 3 Screenwriter $264,624,300 $769,905,856 $1,034,530,156
5/8/2016 The Secret Life of Pets Screenwriter $368,384,330 $518,395,458 $886,779,788
6/26/2013 Despicable Me 2 Screenwriter $368,065,385 $607,151,450 $975,216,835
3/1/2012 Doctor Seuss' The Lorax Executive Producer,
$214,030,500 $136,946,253 $350,976,753
4/1/2011 Hop Screenwriter,
Story Creator 
$108,085,305 $80,572,288 $188,657,593
7/9/2010 Despicable Me Screenwriter $251,513,985 $291,981,048 $543,495,033
3/14/2008 Horton Hears a Who Screenwriter $154,529,439 $144,948,447 $299,477,886
3/7/2008 College Road Trip Screenwriter $45,610,425 $5,263,498 $50,873,923
Movies: 9Totals:$1,774,843,669$2,555,164,298$4,330,007,967

Writer Credits

Box Office
Box Office
Box Office
6/14/2017 Despicable Me 3 $72,434,025 4,535 $264,624,300 $1,034,530,156 25.6%
5/8/2016 The Secret Life of Pets $104,352,905 4,381 $368,384,330 $886,779,788 41.5%
6/26/2013 Despicable Me 2 $84,227,980 4,003 $368,065,385 $975,216,835 37.7%
3/1/2012 Doctor Seuss' The Lorax $70,217,070 3,769 $214,030,500 $350,976,753 61.0%
4/1/2011 Hop $37,543,710 3,616 $108,085,305 $188,657,593 57.3%
7/9/2010 Despicable Me $56,397,125 3,602 $251,513,985 $543,495,033 46.3%
3/14/2008 Horton Hears a Who $45,012,998 3,961 $154,529,439 $299,477,886 51.6%
3/7/2008 College Road Trip $13,601,419 2,706 $45,610,425 $50,873,923 89.7%
Movies: 9Totals:  $1,882,928,974$4,518,665,560