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'Social Network' Leads Box Office With $23 Million Debut

'The Social Network', which tells the story behind the founding of Facebook, found millions of friends in theatres during the weekend as it took in over $23 million and earned top spot at the box office.

The film from director David Fincher, which has earned Academy Awards buzz and rave reviews, passed its first test for the Oscars this weekend with the solid start at the box office.

Sony is hoping that the film will have a long shelf life in theatres, since the drama us aimed at adults, who do not always turn out for the opening weekend rush. The distributor believes that the film's earnings has the potential to eclipse the $100 million mark.

"It's just one of those movies that critics and audiences alike are embracing, and I think it's going to have a tremendous life," says the company's head of distribution, Rory Bruer.

The film's audience was made up of almost 53 per cent women, while adults 25 years old and over were about 55 per cent of those in theatres.

The weekend's other two new releases failed to crack the top five with the horror flick 'Case 39', starring Renee Zellweger, in seventh with $5.4 million and vampire tale 'Let Me In' one lower with $5.3 million.

'Legend of the Guardians' remained in second with $10.9 million while last weekend's top movie, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps', dropped to third with $10.1 million, lifting its total to $35.9 million.

See a complete rundown of the weekend box office below:

1. "The Social Network," $23 million.
2. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $10.9 million.
3. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," $10.1 million.
4. "The Town," $10 million.
5. "Easy A," $7 million.
6. "You Again," $5.6 million.
7. "Case 39," $5.35 million.
8. "Let Me In," $5.3 million.
9. "Devil," $3.7 million.
10. "Alpha and Omega," $3 million.

October 4, 2010 |




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