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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $15,674Details
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The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is then paired with a blind man named Watanabe Mitsuru who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually wins him over and they become inseparable friends.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
81% - Fresh
81% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 18th, 2012 (Limited) by Music Box Films
Video Release: July 10th, 2012 by Music Box Films Video
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 100 minutes
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Keywords: Animal Lead, Inspired by a True Story, Blindness, Voiceover/Narration
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Shochiku Company, Quill Film Partners Ltd.
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,271 $668 Jul 13, 2012 59
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 5,589 $1,070 Jul 6, 2012 52
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 6,029 $1,602 Jun 29, 2012 45
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,873 $1,184 Jun 8, 2012 24
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,746 $1,066 Jun 1, 2012 17
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,479 $2,333 May 25, 2012 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,571 $1,678 May 18, 2012 3


   Mitsuru Watanabe
Kippei Shina    Satoru Tawada
Teruyuki Kagawa    Isamu Nii
Keiko Toda    Yoshiko Watanabe
Shinobu Terajima    Mistuko Nii
Tomoka Kurotani    Masumi Kubo
Yuko Natori    Ren Mito

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Nozomu Enoki
Producer    Ichiro Yamamoto
Screenwriter    Shoichi Maruyama
Screenwriter    Yoshihiro Nakamura
Cinematographer    Junichi Fujisawa
Lighting Design    Masao Kanazawa
Production Designer    Riki Imamura
Sound Editor    Osamu Onodera
Composer    Kuricorder Quartet

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for July 10th, 2012

July 9th, 2012

Like last week, it's another really slow week on the home market. Unlike last week, there is at least one first run release coming out. American Reunion should lead the way in terms of sales, but given its reviews and its box office struggles, it won't be a major player. As for the best new release, there are a few interesting titles, like Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series (Deluxe Edition). But in the end I went with Adventure Time: Complete First Season is the release I'm most looking forward to seeing. (The screener is late, but I will get to the review ASAP after it arrives.) More...

Per Theater Chart: Nothing Left to Avenge

May 23rd, 2012

The Avengers was the only film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart earning an average of $13,096. Elena probably would have earned a spot in the $10,000 club had it not opened on Wednesday. It earned $9,035 in one theater over the weekend, but $13,240 over its five-day opening. More...

Guiding Limited Releases

May 18th, 2012

It could be a bad week for limited releases. There are a number of films that are opening this week that earned more buzz than most limited releases earn, but almost all of them have really bad reviews. The one I'm most interested in is Indie Game: The Movie, which is currently earning 100% positive reviews, but I'm not sure there are enough fans of Indie games to support the film in theaters. Likewise, Polisse and Quill: Life of a Guide Dog are earning great reviews, but foreign language films rarely expand wide enough to earn some measure of mainstream success. Maybe one of them will prove to be the exception. More...

2012 Preview: May

May 1st, 2012

There's good news / bad news going forward into May. First the bad news, April was really weak. It was weak compared to the previous month and weak compared to last year. For the first time all year, we had losses for a month on the year-over-year comparison. As for the good news... it could have been worse? Maybe there wasn't good news with regards to April, but there is certainly good news going forward. Every weekend in May has at least one film with the potential to hit $100 million, while there are a couple that could hit $200 million, and one that, pie in the sky, could reach $400 million. That one film is The Avengers, or as it is officially called, Marvel's The Avengers. I guess they don't want people reminded of the 1998 TV adaptation. While there are four films that should reach $100 million, there are only three other films opening wide, maybe two, maybe four. (More sources have Chernobyl Diaries opening wide than in limited release, but it is not a sure thing either way. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for LOL.) Additionally, there are a couple films opening in limited release this month with a real potential to expand wide: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and God Bless America. By comparison, last year had no film reach $300 million, but it had five films reach $100 million. If we are going to earn the win this year, we need strength from the top. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/18 91 $1,678   2 $839   $1,678 3
2012/05/25 62 $2,333 +39% 3 $778   $5,297 10
2012/06/01 101 $1,066 -54% 4 $267   $7,260 17
2012/06/08 98 $1,184 +11% 3 $395   $8,862 24
2012/06/29 81 $1,602   3 $534   $10,953 45
2012/07/06 85 $1,070 -33% 3 $357   $12,330 52
2012/07/13 83 $668 -38% 2 $334   $14,075 59

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/05/18 73 $2,964   2 $1,482   $2,964 7
2012/05/25 65 $3,230 +9% 3 $1,077   $6,194 14
2012/06/01 99 $1,484 -54% 4 $371   $7,678 21
2012/06/08 101 $1,673 +13% 3 $558   $9,351 28
2012/06/29 86 $1,909   4 $477   $11,260 49
2012/07/06 81 $2,147 +12% 5 $429   $13,407 56
2012/07/13 86 $965 -55% 3 $322   $14,372 63
2012/07/20 85 $1,302 +35% 2 $651   $15,674 70

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