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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Social Network’ #1 For Second Week: Tops Heigl’s Latest Rom-Com, ‘Life As We Know It’, Converted 3D Trend Bottoms Out With ‘My Soul To Take’

The Social Network took the top spot for the second week in a row. The movie has proven to be a hit with audiences thanks to the formidable combination of a smart script by Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher‘s direction and Jesse Eisenberg‘s performance as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The baby comedy Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel had a solid debut in second place. Heigl can breathe a sigh of relief after a rough year; her last movie, Killers, was a huge bomb for Lionsgate and her reputation as a Hollywood diva received loads of press including a recent New York Times piece. Disney’s Secretariat took in $12.6M for third place. Studio head Rich Ross told the LA Times that the feel good family pic represents the trend the company is aiming for. He said:

It’s a movie that speaks to who we are today and where we are going.

After stumbling with with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Step Up 3D and You Again, Secretariat‘s lukewarm opening should be a warning signal of trouble on the horizon for Ross regime. In fifth place, Wes Craven‘s My Soul to Take, which wasn’t screened for critics, but nonetheless still managed to score an embarrassingly low 8% on Rotten Tomatoes, is the first major casualty of the 3D conversion trend. The horror pic, like Clash of Titans and The Last Airbender before it, was not originally filmed in the format, is the lowest grossing 3D movie to open on more than 1,500 screens. It remains to be seen whether this represents the declining popularity of the technology or simply the case of audiences rejecting a bad movie

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1. The Social Network (Columbia) $15.5M, Cume $46.1M

2. Life as We Know It (Warner Bros.) $14.6M

3. Secretariat (Disney) $12.6M

4. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Warner Bros.) $7.01M, Cume $39.4M

5. My Soul to Take (Universal) $6.92M

6. The Town (Warner Bros.) $6.35M, Cume $73.8M

7. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Fox) $4.62M, Cume $43.7M

8. Easy A (Screen Gems) $4.2M, Cume $48.1M

9. Case 39 (Paramount Vantage) $2.63M, Cume $9.6M

10. You Again (Touchstone) $2.47M, Cume $20.7M

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*Bold indicates the weekend’s new releases.
Source: Box Office Mojo

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