BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Social Network’ Repeats at the Top with $15.5 Million

‘Life As We Know It’ debuts in second place while ‘Secretariat’ only places third.


While David Fincher's The Social Network took the top spot at the box office last weekend as predicted, the big surprise was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's much-talked-about new film, Let Me In, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million in its debut. This weekend three new films have entered the box office race all trying for that coveted number one position. The new crop of movies include, the romantic comedy Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl, the Disney film Secretariat and the Wes Craven movie My Soul to Take.

Repeating in the top spot this weekend was the new movie from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher called The Social Network. The movie, which is about the founding of Facebook stars a cast of excellent young actors that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). The movie only dropped 30.9% from its debut last week and earned $5,594 on each of its 2,771 screens for a weekend total of $15.5 million. The movie has earned just over $46 million, inching closer to breaking even from its $50 million production budget.

Debuting at number two this week is the new romantic comedy about parenting called Life as We Know It. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Killers), Josh Duhamel (When in Rome), Josh Lucas (Hulk), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Jean Smart (Garden State). The movie made $4,646 on each of its 3,150 screens for an opening weekend total of about $14.6 million, which is about half way to earning back its $38 million production budget.

Debuting at number three this wee is Walt Disney Pictures new sports film Secretariat, based on the true story of the Triple Crown winning race horse. The film stars Oscar nominees Diane Lane (Unfaithful), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and James Cromwell (Babe), as well as Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) and Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October). The movie made $4,102 on each of its 3,072 screens for an opening weekend total of $12.6 million. The movie was produced on a $35 million budget, so we'll have to see if it comes close to breaking even in the coming weeks.

Dropping two places from last week is the latest film from visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn Of The Dead) called Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The computer animated film about a group of heroic owls stars an all-star cast of voice actors including Oscar winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine) as well as Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Jim Sturgess (21), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch). While the movie dropped nearly 35.6% from its debut last week, it actually earned $2,175 on each of its 3,225 screens for a weekend total of $39.4 million, which puts the film a little closer to earning back its entire $80 million production budget.

Rounding out the top five this week is the new film from "master of horror" director Wes Craven called My Soul to Take. The movie stars Nick Lashaway, Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey, Jessica Hecht, Emily Meade and Frank Grillo. The movie made $2,690 on each of its 2,572 screens for an opening weekend total of about $6.9 million, which is not even close to earning back its $25 million production budget.

Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the drama Never Let Me Go from One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek. The film stars Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Keira Knightley (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl), as well as the new Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield (Untitled Spider-Man Reboot). The movie was seen on 167 screens and earned $2,096 on each for a weekend total of $350,000.

Also continuing to do well in limited release is the 2010 Sundance Film Festival smash-hit movie, Catfish. The documentary follows filmmakers Henry Joost and Rel Schulman as they chronicle photographer Nev Schulman's budding long distance romance with a girl he met on Facebook who may be hiding a big secret of her own. The movie was seen on 143 screens and earned $2,615 on each for a weekend total of $374,000.

Next week will see the opening of two highly anticipated new films in wide release and one in limited release. First up is the new action-comedy Red, which is based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis and stars an all-star cast that includes Emmy winners Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard) and Mary-Louise Parker (Red Dragon), Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight), Helen Mirren (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws) and Ernest Borgnine (Escape From New York), Oscar nominee John Malkovich (Jonah Hex), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four) and Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United).

Also opening in wide release next week is the third installment of the film adaptation of the popular MTV reality series Jackass, Jackass 3D. In the film, Johnny Knoxville (The Dukes of Hazzard) returns for punishment along with his friends Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Jason Acuña.

Opening in limited release next week is the new drama Conviction directed by former actor Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai) and stars Sam Rockwell (Moon), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Juliette Lewis (Old School), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) and Peter Gallagher (American Beauty). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!

The Social Network was released October 1st, 2010 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Patrick Mapel, Max Minghella. The film is directed by David Fincher.

Life as We Know It was released October 8th, 2010 and stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Alexis Clagett, Brynn Clagett, Brooke Clagett, Hayes MacArthur, Christina Hendricks. The film is directed by Greg Berlanti.

Sources: Box Office Mojo
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  1. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    Here are my Oscar front-runners or nominees
    Toy story 3
    How to Train your Dragon
    The Social Network
    The Town
    there might be more than 5 nominees cause its 2010 and there should be 10 great movies
    the 10-nominee best picture event will return nxt yr!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  2. Spongebob_Boxofficepants

    that's how the Internet works
    The Social Network is the true October King!

    4 years agoby @spongebob-boxofficepantsFlag

  3. Emmytt


    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  4. the Narrator

    Forgot to add the Town to the list of BP's.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  5. the Narrator

    Oscar Best Pic noms will most likely be:

    True Grit
    Kings speech
    127 Hours

    What Inception will win:
    Best Editing (Hands Down!)
    Best Visual Effects

    What TSN will most likely win:
    Best Screenplay
    Best Supporting Actor
    Best Cinematography

    What True Grit will probably win:
    Art Direction

    and so on and so forth for all the nominations. I HIGHLY doubt this will be an '99, '03, or '08, where a single film takes a sh*t load of wins. It seems more like every nominated film for BP, will win something from every category.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  6. Diaigma

    @thedude - Can you really knock films off that you haven't seen yet? Just saying.
    @TheREALsupes - TS3 was good, will certainly get the nom, but doesn't deserve the win.

    RED for me this week.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  7. CelluloidDreams

    I saw "The Town" this weekend .. I would give it a B ...A fast-paced thriller with outstanding performances...

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  8. Dan

    Don't forget Kings Speech. It's an inspirational movie as well, a period piece, actors and actress Academy likes.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. joekerr2e

    Holy hell... I haven't seen Let Me In yet, but having it drop out of the top 10 on its second week isn't a good sign at all.

    4 years agoby @joekerr2eFlag

  10. fanboy

    @The Soylent Green Monkey, @thedude

    Lets just wait until December until we start discussing this, then all the movies will be out. But i personally see 127 Hours winning best actor (Franco) and best picture. but we shall see. i still need to check out TSN though, so its kind of hard to judge.

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  11. ejk1

    I haven't seen The Social Network yet, and don't know if I'll have the time to see it, or anything else, in the immediate future. Everyone keeps talking about this movie for Best Picture, and while it will get the nomination, let's not call it the winner just yet. We do have the better part of three mnths left in the year, so who knows what is going to happen. 127 Hours looks like a big contender, and unlike TSN, it has a character that most people will be rooting for. I know the story behind both movies, and I believe many will vote for a movie of heroism and sacrifice over a movie essentially about litigation(that's what I've pulled out of reviews-The Social Network is mostly about lawsuits).

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. WiseGuy

    @daveactor7 lol I know but that sh*t will be crazy! and I'm too tired to start a pointless arguement, you can catch us on another article tomorrow and @soylentgreengreen, you're probably right

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  13. The Soylent Green Monkey

    @daveactor7 I won't let that happen!

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  14. Daveactor7

    I predict another pointless argument coming along between @wiseguy and @Soylent

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  15. The Soylent Green Monkey

    @wiseguy. You goofball, no way will that happen.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  16. Daveactor7

    @Wiseguy VERY unlikely lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  17. WiseGuy

    YES! Let's hope it can keep the top spot for another week and stay in the top ten longer than Inception.

    4 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  18. moviegeek

    Well that's only more towards its favor seeing as how it won best pic. Time will tell, but I really don't think The Social Network has the oomph to make it 3 more months.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  19. Daveactor7

    And the coen brothers havent impressed with their recent works

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  20. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek it looks like "unforgiven" all over again

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  21. moviegeek

    Dude it looks awesome. Jeff Bridges really holds no leverage in this project for me though. He had a great performance or two, but I don't think he's suddenly this A-list star.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  22. Daveactor7

    LOL. True Grit doesnt look much. It just has Jeff Bridges.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  23. moviegeek

    I still think True Grit has a shot.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  24. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek its going to win best picture. With all the upcoming movies coming out, no way-this film will win.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  25. moviegeek

    The Social Network will lose its momentum by Oscar time. I hope Andrew Garfield gets a win for his performance, but I don't see any other wins for this movie besides that incredible screenplay.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  26. Daveactor7

    Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg gave far better performances then Leonardo Dicaprio did

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  27. Daveactor7

    @TheDude1 like Monkey said-they are different categories, but Sorkin's had far more believable and intriguing dialogue.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  28. Dan

    Bah, stupid phone.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. Daveactor7

    @TheDude1 im sorry dude but Eisenberg gave a far better performance here. Leonardo Dicaprio's work in inception was not his best.
    ALSO-Aaron Sorkin deserves an oscar this year- he did great in "a few good men" and also critics and others are talking about his script calling it -"oscar worthy"
    I'm sorry but also Sorkin's script gives more insight into the characters while Nolan's script talks only about the dreams. The only character development was in Dicaprios character. Sorkins script reaches out to dozens of characters and they are far more interesting

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  30. Dan

    My guess, the Academy will snub Nolan on the bigger awards. Network and Kings Speech will prob clean up. As will Toy Story 3 for animated stuff.My guess, the Academy will snub

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

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