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Weekend Box Office Predictions: Is The “The Social Network” An Event Movie?

Weekend Box Office Predictions: Is The "The Social Network" An Event Movie?

I’m so curious to see how the storm of media attention surrounding David Fincher’s “The Social Network” translates into box office dollars. It has the feel of a major event in its lead-up buzz… but we all know that doesn’t always translate (especially when it’s largely internet-based). But it also has astounding reviews, Oscar frontrunner status and Justin Timberlake working in its favor, and me thinks that’s all going to equal some top dollars. October has generally not been a strong box office month – only three films (“Shark Tale,” “Scary Movie 3” and “High School Musical 3”) have ever opened north of $40 million, and I’m doubtful “The Social Network” can join that weird little club. But a gross over $30 million will still exceed expectations and surely make the folks at Sony happy, as one can only assume “The Social Network”‘s got legs. I’m more concerned about “Let Me In,” a fantastic film that’s worthy of more than the $10 million opening its likely to struggle to reach.

Here’s predictions for the overall top ten films. I’m going to make this a weekly tradition from hereon in, because I’m a nerd like that.

1. The Social Network: $30.1 million
2. Legend of the Guardians: $10.9 million
3. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: $10.7 million
4. The Town: $10.5 million
5. Let Me In: $9.2 million
6. Easy A: $6.6 million
7. You Again: $5.9 million
8. Case 39: $4.0 million
9. Alpha and Omega: $3.4 million
10. Devil: $3.2 million

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