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Otter 501 (2012)

Otter 501 poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $24,449Details
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A storm grows, a sea otter pup is separated from her mother, and a young woman bound for adventure blows in to town. On a wild, windswept beach these lives collide and an entire species’ survival gets personal. Offering a fresh take on the familiar nature documentary format, Otter 501 combines stunning natural history footage with clever, digital age storytelling. Through Katie’s eyes you will see our playful pup, otter number 501, get an amazing second chance at life in the wild. As the two learn to navigate the opportunities and risks of life without anchor we see the incredible efforts people have undertaken to return sea otters from the brink of extinction. Framed against the strikingly beautiful Monterey Bay coastline, the last stronghold of these iconic animals, Katie discovers just how serious this threat remains. Their adventure, unexpected as it was, illustrates what we can do to contribute to the growing movement to protect the southern sea otter...and ourselves.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office 12,617 $24,449
All Time Worldwide Box Office 15,722 $24,449
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies 5,305 $24,449

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 11th, 2012 (Limited) by Paladin
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 84 minutes
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Keywords: Extreme Weather, Animal Lead, Environment, Agitprop
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Sea Studios Foundation
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest Domestic 2nd Weekend 9,082 $4,681 May 18, 2012 10
Biggest 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,273 $4,681 May 18, 2012 10
Theater Average 2nd Weekend Limited Release 4,196 $1,170 May 18, 2012 10
Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend 10,393 $5,444 May 11, 2012 3
Biggest Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,412 $5,444 May 11, 2012 3
Theater Average Opening Weekend Limited Release 5,567 $1,815 May 11, 2012 3
Theater Average Limited Release 21,738 $1,815 May 11, 2012 3
Top 2012 Theater Average Limited Release 810 $1,815 May 11, 2012 3
Never Wide Domestic 6,423 $24,449 May 11, 2012 0
Never No. 1 Domestic 9,884 $24,449 May 11, 2012 0
Widest Expansion Limited Release 3,915 1 May 11, 2012 0


Katie Pofahl    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Josh Rosen
Screenwriter    Mark Shelly
Producer    Mark Shelley
Producer    Clint Jones

Per Theater Chart: New Releases Are Overshadowed

May 15th, 2012

No new releases managed to earn a spot in the $10,000 club on this week's per theater chart. That doesn't mean it was empty, as The Avengers remained potent with an average of $23,696 during its second weekend of release. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was arguably even more impressive, as it expanded into more than 150 additional theaters, but its per theater average only fell to $15,012. It did well enough to grab eighth place overall, and with this average, it will certainly expand more. On the other hand, the best new release was Dark Shadows with an average of $7,906. This is good, but not great. The best limited release was Girl in Progress. That was was playing in more than 300 theaters and managed an average of $4,298. That's a good start, but I don't think it will expand greatly. More...

God Bless Limited Releases

May 10th, 2012

God Bless America is one of four limited releases opening in more than ten theaters this weekend, but of those four films, it is the only one earning overall positive reviews. In fact, it is one of only four films on this week's list earning overall positive reviews. The others are I Wish, Nobody Else But You, and Sleepless Night, all three of which are foreign language films, which tends to limit box office potential. Hopefully one will have breakout success, otherwise, new releases might not show a lot of strength on the per theater chart this week. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/11 80 $5,444   3 $1,815   $5,444 3
2012/05/18 73 $4,681 -14% 4 $1,170   $12,911 10

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/11 75 $8,230   3 $2,743   $8,230 7
2012/06/08 112 $502   2 $251   $22,748 35
2012/06/15 91 $908 +81% 3 $303   $23,656 42
2012/06/22 99 $793 -13% 2 $397   $24,449 49

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