“The Social Network” tops US box office, gets rave reviews

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Despite lower-than-expected box office takings in the United States, The Social Network has managed to top the box office list for the weekend, pulling $23 million in its opening weekend (it was expected to pull $25 million, based on the number of people on Facebook).

However, as newspaper USA Today pointed out, its fortunes may improve as the target audience for the film – young adults who are web savvy – are more likely to miss the opening weekend and usually would read reviews and absorb the buzz around the movie online before making their decision to see the film.

The film, starring Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg, is a dramatisation of the founding of the popular social networking site Facebook, including the infamous lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea.

The film has gotten universal praise from most reviewers, earning a 97 out 100 on Metacritic, and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film opens in Australia on October 28.