BOX OFFICE: ‘Social Network’ confirms a ton of friends

Posted by · 11:11 am · October 3rd, 2010

A solid start and a big win for Sony marketing, I should think.  “The Town” pulled in a little more than I would have expected.  “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is fading away as it was leapfrogged by “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” And “Let Me In” had the life sucked out of it.  More importantly: REDSKINS/EAGLES!

→ 37 Comments Tags: , , , | Filed in: Box Office

37 responses so far

  • 1 10-03-2010 at 11:13 am

    Daniel said...

    Farewell Inception! You had a great run.

  • 2 10-03-2010 at 11:14 am

    Derek 8-Track said...

    sad for Let Me In

  • 3 10-03-2010 at 11:19 am

    James D. said...

    Let Me In really bombed. Can’t say I am sad to see a remake fail, though.

  • 4 10-03-2010 at 11:19 am

    al b. said...

    I’m sure I’m not the only one shocked by the opening weekend for Let Me In. Beaten by Renee Zellweger, that is sad!

  • 5 10-03-2010 at 11:19 am

    ann said...

    let see next week box office result before considering the social network a success. So far it has cinema score of B+ which hopefully is good enough the help the world of mouth.

  • 6 10-03-2010 at 11:23 am

    amanda said...

    Not shown on the chart, but Waiting for Superman had a nice little expansion.

  • 7 10-03-2010 at 11:23 am

    Graysmith said...

    Pretty humiliating for Let Me In if it gets beaten by Case 39 (which went straight to DVD where I live and was released several months ago).

    Solid start for The Social Network though. Could’ve done a little better, but maybe that’s just the buzz talking, not so much reality. It should do very well as long as the word of mouth among the common folk is good.

  • 8 10-03-2010 at 11:36 am

    Leocdc said...

    It increases to 8,6 on Imdb (yesterday it had 8,0). I was a little afraid to see that normal people (by that I refer to not-critic, not-blogger peoples) didn’t like too much. But how wrong was I.
    In my country is being released on October, 28th. I can’t wait more!

  • 9 10-03-2010 at 11:47 am

    Drew said...

    I saw The Social Network on a Friday night and for the first time in forever I can’t even articulate how much I loved a movie. Just everything about it from the writing to the sound, the performances, the score the cinematography, even that articial cgi breath/snow that was almost dream like to me…it just felt like a nearly flawless piece of work. My only real gripe with it being an introductory scene that, much like it’s main character, moves to fast for it’s own good and halts abruptly to send Mark off on his mission. Of course that was probably the point of it. And as solid as Finchers direction is, it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to screw-up a piece of material that is that good.

    As for box-office, I’m hoping that The Social Network has some fantastic WOM because this is the one movie that deserves it the most.

    Let me In’s failure should surprise no one. Not hating on the movie as I haven’t seen it, but the marketing was poor and the interest just wasn’t there unfortunatley.

  • 10 10-03-2010 at 12:24 pm

    Duncan Houst said...

    @JamesD – That’s a little harsh, don’t you think? If it’s a great film, which I’ve heard it is, then I’d say that we have another “Scott Pilgrim” on our hands.

  • 11 10-03-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    James D can’t wait for True Grit to fail

  • 12 10-03-2010 at 12:30 pm

    Loyal said...

    Last year, the 10 BP nominees made a total of 1,515,443,225 pre-Oscar nomination (2/2/09).

    So far from the contenders released this year

    Toy Story 3 – $411,398,000
    Inception – $288,371,000
    The Town – $64,307,000
    The Social Network – $23,000,000
    The Kids Are Alright – $20,688,088
    Winter’s Bone – $6,128,000

    Total so far – $813,892,088

    Thanks to Toy Story 3 and Inception, the BP 10 should cross 1b before nominations are announced.

  • 13 10-03-2010 at 12:34 pm

    James D. said...

    Duncan, Let the Right One In was terrific and was released two years ago. From what I understand, the new film is more or less the same as the original.

    Derek, I am not sure if you intentionally twisted what I said or not, but they are two very different situations. Matt Reeves is not the Coen Brothers, and the original True Grit is pretty bad. The Coens are also focusing on the book more than the movie, which strayed considerably from the source material. One is a cash grab of a modern great film, while the other is an inspired retelling from modern masters.

  • 14 10-03-2010 at 12:47 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    it was intentional to find out if you really hate all remakes. thanks for the clarification!

  • 15 10-03-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Hans said...

    I think TSN is going to have great legs. Everyone in my theater loved it, and the more and more I think about it, the better it gets. I saw it yesterday and would have gone again today had it not been for obligations. Yesterday I actually treated myself to a great little Boston double feature of The Social Network and The Town. Talk about two fine pieces of cinema right there.

  • 16 10-03-2010 at 1:43 pm

    Michael said...

    I loved The Social Network and was surprised that my 10pm screening of it on a Saturday night in Richmond VA was sold out. I think the film will have a pretty good shot at crossing $100mil. I am really depressed about Let Me In though. I personally think that film was more successfully made than the original and I thought the advertising for it was top notch but it just didn’t have any sparkling vampires or shirtless werewolves so it couldn’t find an audience I guess. Oh well, I have a feeling it will find its place at some point in time.

  • 17 10-03-2010 at 2:03 pm

    André said...

    yeah, case 39 has been on DVD forever here in Brazil… surprised it got a decent release over there, everyone who saw it told me it was absolutely awful!

  • 18 10-03-2010 at 2:06 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Are you guys really that surprised by the failure of Let Me In? It was a violent genre film with scant marketing, got nothing but bad press, was released when general audiences were getting sick of vampires and had zero big name actors. When the mildly positive reviews started to trickle in, the film was already doomed.

  • 19 10-03-2010 at 2:12 pm

    Michael said...

    I don’t think the reviews were mildly positive, I think they were pretty consistently (and surprisingly overall) very positive – once the film was finally seen by critics that is. But I agree with what you are saying about the negative response to the film being made in the first place. The no-name actors and the tired vampire genre certainly didn’t help matters either, I just really felt the film deserved better.

  • 20 10-03-2010 at 2:40 pm

    McAllister said...

    Now that “The Social Network” is a box office hit, there’s no telling how many people are gonna go join the facebook now!

  • 21 10-03-2010 at 2:40 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    @Robert- Mildly positive? It has an 80 on metacritic, only two points lower than the original. That’s hardly faint praise.

    Unfortunately, there’s just not an audience for this kind of film. It’ll be a cult hit like the original, but nothing more. It deserved a decent run…

  • 22 10-03-2010 at 3:14 pm

    James D. said...

    I did not realize Let Me In was R. I assumed it would be PG-13.

  • 23 10-03-2010 at 3:37 pm

    Joe said...

    I saw both Andrew Garfield films this weekend. I wasn’t impressed with his performance in either, although he was certainly better in “Social Network”. He just seemed kind of lost in “Never Let Me Go”. I’m not sure if it was his character, or if he just didn’t know how to play the character. Seems like a nice, likable guy, though.

  • 24 10-03-2010 at 3:49 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Saw Let Me In. I thought it was excellent; and am actually very surprised by how much Kris didn’t like it. I found … very little to dislike about it, actually. Moody, scary, gory, well acted, sterile, yet emotionally satisfying. And for as good as Moretz is (we know this), I thoght Kodi Smit-McPhee was exceptional in that role.

    Also saw The Social Network. Want to see it again already. Not a masterpiece (ugh, that word). I know a masterpiece when I see one. But I do think this is a quantifiable (haha) 4-starrer. And it’s up there with Inception and Toy Story 3 as my faves of the year. Um, probably in my top 25 for the milennium, as well.

    Best in show for me: Sorkin, Eisenberg, and Garfield (wow). Everyone and everything else, great, as well. Ohh, the editing, and sound, too. I could go on.

  • 25 10-03-2010 at 3:54 pm

    Melissa said...

    @Joe, that was his character in NLMG. In the book Tommy is socially awkard almost mentally disabled. So he got it right.

  • 26 10-03-2010 at 4:10 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    I saw The Social Network and it was fantastic. Eisenberg was really, really excellent, and I can go on about how everything else was great but you know it all already. It’s certainly my favorite Fincher film.

  • 27 10-03-2010 at 5:19 pm

    tony rock said...

    Social Network amazed me. Even in the greatest movies there’s usually an awkward moment, edit, or line reading here or there. In this? Flawless.

  • 28 10-03-2010 at 5:31 pm

    JJ1 said...

    tony rock, exactly. I was trying to think of one moment (extending more than 10 seconds) in the entire film where I was thinking “oooh, bad choice” or “awkward” or “ugh”. I wouldn’t say flawless, but there are very few, technically.

  • 29 10-03-2010 at 5:42 pm

    Silencio said...

    Let Me In was good enough that I’m not offended at its existence, but still falls short of the original. And the way they truncated the lady-becomes-vampire-then-dies sequence was, for me, a major misfire. Overall, the film’s pacing was hasty, and frankly too “American” in aesthetic. So yeah, it’s good enough but will likely be an afterthought in retrospect.

  • 30 10-03-2010 at 6:43 pm

    Ivan said...

    I expect nominations for The Social Network

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Cinematography
    Best Film Editing

    Best Actor
    Best Supporting Actor/Garfield
    Best Original Score

  • 31 10-03-2010 at 7:11 pm

    Rashad said...

    “And the way they truncated the lady-becomes-vampire-then-dies sequence was, for me, a major misfire”

    It was one of its strengths. I hated the extended part in the original where we’re focusing on this uninteresting character for so long. No cat attack either is a good thing.

    Pretty sad to see it do so poorly but glad Scoail Network did well.

  • 32 10-03-2010 at 8:50 pm

    matsunaga said...

    I haven’t seen this movie but I don’t think it will snag a Best Cinematography nomination.. The category is quite full of heavyweights worthy of a nomination… It will have a hard time..

    But I’m looking forward in watching it soon…

  • 33 10-03-2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hilary said...

    I am glad TSN is doing well as expected box office wise. Hopefully it has legs, as it’s a great film.

    Jesse should be nominated for Best actor. He was simply marvelous as Mark

    And I thought Justin Timberlake was great as the former Napster guy. The film kind of dragged in the middle until his character came on the scene to stir the pot.

    Who new Justin Timberlake can act? He stole every scene he was in.

  • 34 10-04-2010 at 1:04 am

    Hunter Tremayne said...

    TSN left me cold. Perhaps it plays better to arthouse nerds, but for me it was a picture about a bunch of asshole kids without a single character to root for or care about. Well-made, well-directed, well-acted, well-lit and never once emotionally engaging.

  • 35 10-04-2010 at 7:32 am

    JJ1 said...

    I agree with Hunter Tremayne in the well-made, well-directed, well-acted, well-lit part. And I even understand it being a bit ‘cold’. But “never once emotionally engaging”? I found that in the Erica character, as well, obviously, as Eduardo. Not you, Hunter? And if it wasn’t getting you going emotionally, did it intellectually stimulate you, at all? Would you call it a poor movie because of the coldness? Honestly, just curious. :)

  • 36 10-04-2010 at 8:02 am

    Hunter Tremayne said...

    Well, JJ1, no: I don’t consider it a poor movie it all. It’s fine for what it is; it just kept me a remove. However, I wouldn’t call it an intellectually stimulating movie, per se. Last Year at Marienbad is an intellectually stimulating movie, as is Mulholland Drive or The Seventh Seal. TSN is technically a very fine picture indeed in every respect, but it told me nothing I did not know, told a story that I found dull and, for me at least, failed to do what I expect a truly great picture to do: make me forget for even a second that I’m only watching a movie.

  • 37 10-04-2010 at 8:51 am

    Ben M. said...

    Too bad about Let Me In’s b.o.; I haven’t seen the original so I’m not going to compare them but I feel on its own LMI is one of the best movies of the year. Though with the competition, R rating, and fairly minimal marketing I thought it would flop, after all horror audiences rarely read reviews.

    While LMI was easily the highlight of the weekend for me I also saw The Social Network and the sneak preview of Secretariat. Social Network is a good movie but overrated IMO, while I was very underwhelmed by Secretariat (though I did like Diane Lane).