The ubiquitous social-networking site Facebook has mushroomed into a global pop-culture phenomenon, since the site launched in 2004. So, perhaps it’s not too surprising that the flick “The Social Network,” which is based on the rise of the social-media juggernaut, found a huge audience at the box office. The much-anticipated film, featuring performances from Web-averse leading lad Jesse Eisenberg and pop hitmaker-turned-thespian Justin Timberlake, opened Friday with $8 million.
“Network” kicked last week’s box-office winner, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” down to second place. The long-awaited sequel to the Oliver Stone-helmed 1987 stock-market tale rang up roughly $3.3 million in ticket sales. The numbers from Friday’s box-office showing bumped the Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf vehicle’s total estimated haul to just over $29 million.
The Ben Affleck-directed bank-robber pic “The Town” continues to clean up at the box office. Entering its third week in theaters, the Boston-based heist jaunt racked up a little over $3 million on Friday. The weekend-kickoff tally brings the film’s domestic gross to roughly $57 million since its mid-September release.
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” began its second-week run in fourth place. Featuring voice-over performances from big-name stars such as Helen Mirren, and boasting stunning CG work, the family-friendly flick picked up $2.6 million. The film has made nearly $22 million in theaters.
Heaving with hormones and high-school humiliation, “Easy A” remains a strong pick among moviegoers. The Emma Stone starrer rounds out the top five with nearly $2.3 million. “A” is inching toward a total estimated haul of $38 million.
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