Cellular

Release Date: September 10, 2004

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67/133 Dan Krovich Modestly engaging thriller

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Late one night a light bulb went off in screenwriter Larry Cohen’s head and he came up with the screenplay for Phone Booth. Later, he had another flash of inspiration and came up with a twist on that plot. This time he wrote the script for this movie.

This time, instead of being stuck on the phone and trapped in one location, our main character has a cell phone and can move around. A young man (Chris Evans) receives a call on his cell phone from a woman (Kim Basinger). Not unusual so far. This woman say she’s been kidnapped and thinks she’s going to be killed soon. Now that’s unusual. Apparently the kidnappers are going to go after her husband and son next. The tricky part is that she doesn’t know where she is and his cell phone battery is running a little low on power. Will anyone be able to help our damsel in distress before it’s too late?

Production on this film was originally supposed to begin in April 2001. It didn’t start until two and one-half years later in September 2003 when distributor New Line Cinema took a chance and picked it up out of turnaround. Hopefully their confidence will pay off at the box office. (Marty Doskins/BOP)




Vital statistics for Cellular
Main Cast Kim Basinger, Chris Evans
Supporting Cast Jason Statham, William H. Macy, Jessica Biel, Noah Emmerich, Valerie Cruz
Director David Ellis
Screenwriter Larry Cohen
Distributor New Line Cinema
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.cellularthemovie.com/
Rating PG-13
Running Time 89 minutes
Screen Count 2,749
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Comparison films for Cellular
Title
Date
Opening
Adjusted Opening
Screens
PSA
Adj PSA
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Mult
Panic Room 3/29/0230.06 31.25 3053 9845.00 9845.0 95.31 99.09 3.17
Along Came a Spider 4/6/0116.71 17.83 2530 6606.00 6781.4 74.06 79.04 4.43
Phone Booth 4/4/0315.02 15.02 2481 6054.00 6054.0 46.56 46.56 3.11
Transporter, The 10/11/029.11 9.47 2573 3540.00 3540.0 25.30 26.30 2.78


     


 
 

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