‘The Social Network’ Remains at the Top in Second Weekend

Andrew Garfield (left) and Jesse Einsberg (right) in ‘The Social Network’

Riding upon its critical success, David Fincher’s drama on the founding of Facebook once again topped the U.S. box office over the weekend.

With over $15.5 million in first place, ‘The Social Network’s second week decline of 31% was the lowest on record in 2010.

By contrast, the weekend’s three new entries all underperformed in their openings.

In second place, Katherine Heigl’s new romantic comedy ‘Life as We Know It’ grossed an average $14.5 million, even despite heavy TV promotion prior to its release.

Similarly, Walt Disney Studios’ new horse racing drama ‘Secretariat’ opened to modest business, taking $12.7 million in third place.

The worst performing entry however was famed horror director Wes Craven’s latest film ‘My Soul to Take’, which flopped with only $6.8 million in fifth place.

Since its release, many critics have called ‘The Social Network’ the best picture of the year to date, and a major contender at this year’s Oscars.

After two weeks in theatres, ‘The Social Network’s total stands at $46 million, making it one of autumn’s most commercially successful adult dramas.

Among holdovers, director Zack Synder’s animated fantasy epic ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ declined 37% to $6.9 million, ranking fourth overall in the weekend box office chart.

Although the film’s overall take stands at a light $39.3 million, due to a lower than expected opening gross, the film has seen only moderate declines of less than 40% in each of its subsequent weekends.

Additionally, the film’s audience rating of 72% on film review site Rotten Tomatoes surpasses the 52% of its opening weekend rival ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, which it has since overtaken at the box office.

‘Legend of the Guardians’ currently has yet to open in most foreign markets, where it will have a chance of adding to its domestic grosses.

On the global film circuit, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster ‘Inception’ once again reached another milestone, raising its international total to over $503 million and its total worldwide gross to $792 million.

Additionally, ‘Inception’ has remained a strong critical favourite throughout the current awards season, with many reviewers championing the film as the key opponent to ‘The Social Network’ in the Oscar race.

Currently, ‘Inception’ is the third highest-grossing film of 2010 worldwide, second only to Disney films ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

List of Top U.S. Box Office Hits

  1. The Social Network  -  $15.5 million
  2. Life As We Know It  -  $14.5 million
  3. Secretariat  -  $12.7 million
  4. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole  -  $6.9 million
  5. My Soul To Take  -  $6.8 million
  6. The Town  -  $6.4 million
  7. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps  -  $4.6 million
  8. Easy A  -  $4.3 million
  9. Case 39  -  $2.7 million
  10. You Again  -  $2.5 million

‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ has a release date of October 14th in Hong Kong.

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