The Social Network, which topped the box office in its opening weekend with $23 million in ticket sales, has won its second weekend on the big screen, with $15.5 million in sales. This brings the movie’s gross sales in the first two weeks since its opening to just under $50 million.
So why is this important? While there’s been a drop in sales since last week’s ticket sales, clearly the movie, which was produced by Sony Pictures, still has the stamina and buzz to top the box office for a second week in a row. More importantly, the movie has gained Oscar buzz, overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, and considerable attention from the media. This weekend, New York Times columnist Frank Rich called the movie “brilliant” in a piece about the intersection between Facebook, Twitter and politics.
It looks like Sony is coming close to breaking even in terms of the the movie’s budget, which was was rumored to be in range of $45 million to $52 million. But the movie studio is expecting The Social Network to bring in a total of $100 million, and it’s still unclear if the movie has the wherewithal to bring in that number.
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Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Eduardo Saverin to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. The original...
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