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‘Social Network’ Connects With Fans In $22M Debut

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Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg (l-r) in scene from movie “The Social Network” (AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Social Network,” David Fincher’s drama chronicling the contentious origins of Facebook, won the most friends at the weekend box office with a $22.4 million debut.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “The Social Network,” Sony, $22,445,653, 2,771 locations, $8,100 average, $22,445,653, one week.

2. “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” Warner Bros., $10,887,429, 3,575 locations, $3,045 average, $30,079,298, two weeks.

3. “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Fox, $10,002,578, 3,597 locations, $2,781 average, $35,778,429, two weeks.

4. “The Town,” Warner Bros., $9,749,332, 2,935 locations, $3,322 average, $64,056,752, three weeks.

5. “Easy A,” Sony Screen Gems, $6,748,777, 2,974 locations, $2,269 average, $42,176,967, three weeks.

6. “You Again,” Disney, $5,722,566, 2,548 locations, $2,246 average, $16,607,633, two weeks.

7. “Case 39,” Paramount, $5,350,570, 2,211 locations, $2,420 average, $5,350,570, one week.

8. “Let Me In,” Overture, $5,147,479, 2,021 locations, $2,547 average, $5,147,479, one week.

9. “Devil,” Universal, $3,564,055, 2,392 locations, $1,490 average, $27,291,460, three weeks.

10. “Alpha and Omega,” Lionsgate, $2,924,868, 2,303 locations, $1,270 average, $18,949,437, three weeks.

11. “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” Sony Screen Gems, $2,784,775, 1,907 locations, $1,460 average, $56,615,100, four weeks.

12. “Inception,” Warner Bros., $904,208, 625 locations, $1,447 average, $288,405,376, 12 weeks.

13. “Takers,” Sony Screen Gems, $784,529, 773 locations, $1,015 average, $56,161,347, six weeks.

14. “Catfish,” Universal, $590,177, 136 locations, $4,340 average, $1,621,349, three weeks.

15. “Anjaana Anjaani,” Eros Entertainment, $517,608, 91 locations, $5,688 average, $517,608, one week.

16. “Despicable Me,” Universal, $439,850, 463 locations, $950 average, $246,091,770, 13 weeks.

17. “The Other Guys,” Sony, $439,411, 566 locations, $776 average, $117,697,120, nine weeks.

18. “Waiting For Superman,” Paramount, $408,873, 34 locations, $12,026 average, $601,607, two weeks.

19. “Eat Pray Love,” Sony, $319,970, 398 locations, $804 average, $79,710,083, eight weeks.

20. “Mao’s Last Dancer,” Samuel Goldwyn Films, $263,534, 137 locations, $1,924 average, $3,420,367, seven weeks.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co.; Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount and Paramount Vantage are divisions of Viacom Inc.; Disney’s parent is The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is a division of The Walt Disney Co.; 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a consortium of Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Sony Corp., Comcast Corp., DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and Quadrangle Group; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC Films is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp.; Rogue Pictures is owned by Relativity Media LLC; Overture Films is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp.

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