The Social Network Deseats Gordon Gekko

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Well, apparently audiences can't get enough of Facebook. David Fincher's The Social Network landed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, earning an estimated $23 million. While the film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, and features a script by Aaron Sorkin, cost $50 million to make, it's a very strong opening for an early October release that isn't Halloween-related.

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Second place belonged to Zack Snyder's Legend of the Guardians, adding an additional $10.9 million to its revenue stream, representing a drop of only 32% from the previous week. Gordon Gekko got knocked down to third place, with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps pulling in $10.1 million in its second weekend, only a drop of 46%.

The Town ended up fourth, pulling in an additional $10 in its third weekend, for a total of $64.3 million compared to its $37 million production budget. Easy A rounded out the top five, earning $7 million its third week for a total of $42.4 million. The Emma Stone comedy cost only $8 million to produce.

Sadly, the two big horror releases Case 39 and Let Me In didn't break into the top five, earning only about $5.35 and $5.3 million, respectively. I guess Halloween is coming late this year.

Check out a closer look at the numbers for this week's Top 5:

  1. The Social Network - $23,000,000
  2. Legend of the Guardians - $10,855,000
  3. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - $10,100,000
  4. The Town - $10,000,000
  5. Easy A - $7,000,000

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The Social Network Quotes

Facebook Lawyer: Mr. Zuckerberg, do I have your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: [stares out the window] No.
Facebook Lawyer: Do you think I deserve it?
Mark Zuckerberg: [looks at the lawyer] What?
Facebook Lawyer: Do you think I deserve your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: I had to swear an oath before we began this deposition, and I don't want to purjure myself, so I have a legal obligation to say no.
Facebook Lawyer: Okay - no. You don't think I deserve your attention.
Mark Zuckerberg: I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.
Mark Zuckerberg: Did I adequately answer your condescending question?

Marylin Delpy: The site got 2200 hits within 2 hours?
Mark Zuckerberg: Thousand.
Marylin Delpy: I'm sorry?
Mark Zuckerberg: Twenty-two *thousand*.

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