Hong Kong boxoffice gets 'Connected'

Benny Chan's 'Cellular' remake opens big

HONG KONG -- "Connected," Hong Kong director Benny Chan's adaptation of the 2004 Kim Basinger vehicle "Cellular," topped local boxoffice charts as it opened Thursday, earning HK$550,000 ($70,000).

The first official Hong Kong remake of a Hollywood movie, "Connected" was produced by Emperor Motion Pictures and stars Louis Koo ("Protege").

The Hong Kong Kowloon and New Territories Motion Picture Industry Assn. said that second-place film "20th Century Boys" from Japan earned $48,000 while Shia LaBeouf starrer "Eagle Eye" earned $46,000.