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"The Social Network" wins the weekend box office, bad news for horror flicks

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It seems that the world was waiting to hear the story of how Facebook came to be as moviegoers flocked to “The Social Network” this weekend. The movie is also already garnering talks about Academy Awards and it receives almost unanimous positive reviews from critics. The movie earned $23 million while playing in 2,771 locations.

The Social Network is also spreading by word-of-mouth

The movie is also getting positive word-of-mouth with audiences grading the film at a solid B+. This has caused it to be compared to Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film “The Departed” which was released at a similar time and opened with earning in the same area. That movie ended up with a take of $132 million domestically.

The weekend was not a good one for horror movies, however. The vampire movie “Let Me In,” a remake of a Swedish film “Let the Right One In,” earned a paltry $5.3 million. That was enough to earn it seventh place on the weekend’s top ten. Critics have praised the film but audiences have not been as kind.

The troubled “Case 39,” which sat on a movie studio shelf for several years, also had a disappointing opening. Critics were not kind to the film, starring Renee Zellweger. It came in eighth and earned only $5.3 million.

“Legends of the Guardians” continues to do well and held on to second place by being one of the few movies just for families in theaters. The movie about owls by the makers of “Happy Feet” drew $10.9 million for the weekend and has now earned $39 million so far.

Last weekend’s winner “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” dropped from the previous weekend. It fell to third place, which was a fall of 47 percent. It earned only $10.1 million with a total of $35.9 million so far.

“The Town” has managed to stay strong and is on track to earn quite a bit of money domestically. The movie is also garnering talk about Oscars. The Ben Affleck-directed movie about a group of bank robbers earned $10 million to come in fourth. The movie has grossed $64.3 million so far.

In fifth place was the teen comedy starring Emma Stone, “Easy A.” This is another movie that seems to be holding strong from one week to another. It fell only 34 percent from the previous week and earned $7 million. The comedy has, so far, earned $42.4 million.

Another movie that is making waves and pulling in impressive numbers it the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” The hard look at America’s educational system is by the same people who made Al Gore a movie star with “An Inconvenient Truth.” The movie is currently only in limited release and yet earned $407,000 and a two-week gross of $600,000. Those are impressive numbers for a documentary and one only released in 34 locations nationwide.

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