The Social Network Tops Box Office a Second Week

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Columbia Pictures’ The Social Network remained in first place a second straight weekend with an estimated $15.5 million, a drop of just 30.9% in ticket sales from last weekend. The David Fincher-directed film is playing in 2,771 theaters and averaged $5,594. The movie has earned $46.1 million domestically which the studio said covers its production cost. The Social Network stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Joe Mazzello, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and Brenda Song.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ new romantic comedy Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks and Hayes MacArthur, opened in the second spot with $14.6 million. Directed by Greg Berlanti, the film averaged $4,646 in 3,150 theaters. It cost about $38 million to make.

Disney’s Secretariat debuted in third place to $12.6 million from 3,072 theaters, an average of $4,102 per location. Starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich, the Randall Wallace-directed drama was produced for $35 million.

Zack Snyder’s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole dropped two spots to fourth, adding $7 million its third weekend for a total of $39.4 million. It received another minimal drop of 35.6% in sales though the Warner Bros. release did cost $80 million to make.

Wes Craven’s new thriller My Soul to Take rounded out the top five with $6.9 million from 2,572 theaters. Made for $25 million, the Rogue Pictures film averaged $2,690 per site.

Ben Affleck-directed The Town collected another $6.4 million its fourth weekend in sixth place for a total of $73.8 million, a very profitable number when compared to its budget of $37 million.

Focus Features also released It’s Kind of a Funny Story in 742 theaters, in which the Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck dramedy earned $2 million. The film stars Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Zoe Kravitz, Aasif Mandvi, Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan.

There were also a slew of new limited releases. The top earners were Stone, starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich and Frances Conroy, which made $73,000 from six theaters, Nowhere Boy, with Aaron Johnson, which took in $56,100 from four theaters, and documentary Inside Job, which received $42,000 from two theaters.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.