Facebook flick still top pic for second week
'The Social Network' is generating Oscar buzz
A film about the social networking site Facebook, called, naturally - "The Social Network" is still packing them in for the second straight week at movie theaters. "Network" remained at the top in spite of a weekend that saw a slew of new releases.
'The Social Network' about the foibles of launching the Facebook Web site is generating positive word-of-mouth, staying at the top position at the nation's box offices for the second straight week.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The epic about personality clashes and legal feuds among the Facebook's founders took in $15.5 million to remain the No. 1 film for a second straight weekend, according to studio estimates. Released by Sony, "The Social Network" raised its 10-day total to $46.1 million.
Coming in at a close second with $14.6 million was the Warner Bros. romance "Life as We Know It," starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as sparring guardians to an orphaned girl.
Disney's horse-racing drama "Secretariat," starring Diane Lane, had a fair to middling debut, coming in at No. 3 with $12.6 million.
Opening a weak No. 5 with $7 million was Wes Craven's serial killer thriller "My Soul to Take."
In a limited release, "It's Kind of a Funny Story" opened at No. 12 with a slim $2 million. The movie stars Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis in the story of a teen that checks himself into a psychiatric ward.
With rave reviews, word-of-mouth and Academy Awards buzz, "The Social Network" held up remarkably well, dropping a scant 31 percent from opening weekend.
"It's the type of picture that people can't take their eyes off of," Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony says. "Just about everyone has said to me that it's a movie they want to see again, as well. This picture is going to be around for a long time."
Along with Sony's "The Social Network," Warner Bros. has maintained strong business for Ben Affleck's heist thriller "The Town," which took in $6.4 million this weekend and raised its total to $73.8 million after four weeks.
Female crowds made up just over two-thirds of the audience for "Life as We Know It," according to Warner Bros. That segment of the audience often holds up well in the weeks following a movie's debut.
Also in limited release, "Nowhere Boy," the story of John Lennon's teen years, opened with $56,065 in four theaters for a $14,016 average. Overture Films' prison parole tale "Stone," starring Robert De Niro and Edward Norton, premiered with $73,000 in six theaters for a $12,167 average.
The box office top ten for the past weekend was:
1. "The Social Network," $15.5 million
2. "Life as We Know It," $14.6 million
3. "Secretariat," $12.6 million
4. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $7 million
5. "My Soul to Take," $6.9 million
6. "The Town," $6.4 million
7. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," $4.6 million
8. "Easy A," $4.2 million
9. "Case 39," $2.6 million
10. "You Again," $2.5 million
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