Hong Kong revealedits weakness for cute animals this week as Japanese tear-jerker Quill topped the box office withUS$795,799 from 29 screens.

Produced byShochiku and directed by Yoichi Sai, the film is about a Labrador pup who istrained to be a "seeing-eye" dog for a man who is initially reluctant to accepthelp but eventually regains his zest for life. The film, distributed in HongKong by Golden Scene, has been dubbed into Cantonese which makes it moreaccessible to younger viewers.

The two other majorreleases of the week failed to make much impression. Collateral, starring Tom Cruise, grossed US$392,488 from 27 screensfor fourth position while Cat Womancame in sixth with just US$151,451 from 24 screens.

Taiwanese gaycomedy Formula 17 scored the secondhighest screen average of the week with US$32,831 from two screens.