Box Office Roundup: Oct 4th 2010
Published: October 4, 2010 - 8:03am
The final tally of the top five films in theaters this weekend: The Social Network, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D, Wall Street 2, The Town, Easy A and You Again
#1 The Social Network
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. Based on a true story.
Opening weekend gross $23 million
Average of $8,300 across 2,771 theaters
#2 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 3D
Starring: Voices of Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Emily Barclay
Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. The film is based on the first three books in the series.
Weekend gross $10.9 million / 2nd weekend in theaters
Average of $3,036 across 3,575 theaters
-32.63% drop / $30.0 million gross to date
#3 Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
(20th Century Fox)
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin
As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.
Weekend gross $10.1 million / 2nd weekend in theaters
Average of $3,597 across 2,808 theaters
-46.87% drop / $35.9 million gross to date
#4 The Town
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
Doug MacRay was born and raised in Charlestown, a blue-collar neighborhood in Boston and is the world's capital for carjacking, kidnappings, and armed robberies. As he plans his next heist, the longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier robberies, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Weekend gross $10.0 million / 3rd weekend in theaters
Average of $3,407 across 2,935 theaters
-35.92% drop / $64.3 million gross to date
#5 Easy A
Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes
Olive Penderghast finds herself the victim of her high school's "rumor mill" when she lies to her best friend Rhiannon (Alyson Michalka) about a weekend tryst with a fictional college freshman. Word quickly spreads of Olive's promiscuity and, much to her surprise, she welcomes the attention. When she agrees to help out a bullied friend by pretending to sleep with him, her image rapidly degrades to a more lascivious state and her world begins to spin out of control.
Weekend gross $7.0 million / 3rd weekend in theaters
Average of $2,354 across 2,974 theaters
-33.97% drop / $42.4 million gross to date