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The Box (2009)

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A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.



(screenplay), (short story "Button, Button")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Martin Teague (as Mark Cartier)
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Michele Durrett ...


Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kutija  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,571,417 (USA) (6 November 2009)


$15,045,676 (USA) (1 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The short story "Button, Button," written by Richard Matheson, was first published in Playboy magazine (June 1970). See more »


When footage is shown of the Langley Research Center we can see a fuselage of an A-320, an aircraft not built until 1989. See more »


Arlington Steward: There are 2 ways to enter the final chamber; free or not free, the choice is ours.
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Referenced in Robot Chicken: The Curious Case of the Box (2011) See more »


Scarlet Begonias
Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
Performed by Grateful Dead (as Grateful Dead)
Courtesy of Grateful Dead Productions
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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I liked it.....
22 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

After I heard how terrible this film was, I really wasn't expecting much. I almost didn't even rent it, but I am glad I did. I love Donnie Darko and I think with The Box, Kelly has gone back to the Darko style of writing and directing. I am not sure why it received so many bad reviews, maybe because like Donnie Darko it was too cerebral for the mainstream. It's not a movie you can do three things and watch, you have to pay attention to the little details. I do feel there are missing pieces that weren't explained, but that could be the way the film was edited and may come out later in a directors cut edition, or it could be Kelly's way of keeping the audience guessing. I can see how this movie wouldn't appeal to the masses, especially since it is a cautionary tale of morals and ethics, but if you liked Donnie Darko, you will probably enjoy The Box. I can see this having a cult following like Donnie Darko.

Also I am not a Cameron Diaz fan, but I think she did a great job. I had heard awful things about her performance in this, but in my opinion this was one of her better roles.

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Stop the flapdoodle - The question is: Would YOU push the button? aaron4885
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I don't understand the ending.. Bria08
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