Weekend Box Office Recap

The Facebook movie "The Social Network" takes the top spot in the box office race this weekend. The Aaron Sorkin-written, David Finchner-directed, Trent Reznor-scored movie about a 19 year old geek billionaire took in slightly less than predicted for the weekend, but still easily blew away the other competitors.

Reviews have been very positive on the movie and its currently at 97% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes.

Diva Velez said the film was "A modern morality tale full of rich performances by a great young cast playing from a smart, canny script. The Social Network is one of the coolest, sharpest films of the year. "

Some critics (but not many) disagree with that statement. Kevin Car from 7M Pictures called it "a self-important, narcissistic glorification of its own significance."

But Matthew Sorrento from yet another movie blog I've never heard of argues that the film, "positions itself as a new Citizen Kane, with its protagonist reaching the heights of a communication empire." OK, I wouldn't go so far as to say its a modern day Citizen Kane, but I can see where he was going with that analogy. I'll agree that "The Social Network" is a great film, but its ain't "Citizen Kane."

My verdict:  If you are a fan of Aaron Sorkin's machine-gun dialog, you'll probably love the film.

The biggest loser this weekend appears to be last week's darling: "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" dropped almost 47% from its previous week's numbers.

And falling out of the list this week was "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D," "Takers," and "Inception" which bows out having grossed $288.3 million.

Here's the top ten according to studio estimates released on Sunday:

1 (new) The Social Network $23,000,000
2 (2) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole $10,855,000
3 (1) Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps $10,100,000
4 (3) The Town $10,000,000
5 (4) Easy A $7,000,000
6 (5) You Again $5,552,000
7 (new) Case 39 $5,350,000
8 (new) Let Me In $5,300,000
9 (6) Devil $3,671,720
10 (8) Alpha and Omega 3D $3,000,000

1 comment:

Matthew Sorrento said...

I agree with what you are saying. I didn't intend to say that SN matches up to Kane, but that it "positions itself" as a newer version such -- essentially, trying to be a new Kane. Anyway, thanks for checking out my piece, and happy future viewing.

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