October 3, 2010 / 4:17 PM / 9 years ago

'The Social Network' finds friends at box offices

LOS ANGELES, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Facebook movie “The Social Network” found millions of friends in theaters during the weekend, taking in $23 million and earning the No. 1 spot at box offices, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The movie, which tells of the founding of the popular social networking website, played in just under 2,800 U.S. and Canadian theaters for a per-theater average of around $8,300, a solid number compared to its rivals.

“It’s a terrific start for a terrific film,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for the film’s studio, Columbia Pictures.

Landing at No. 2 over the weekend was family film, “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” with $10.8 million in revenue from nearly 3,600 venues for a per-theater average of about $3,000.

It was followed at No. 3 by last week’s champ, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” with $10.1 million, and close behind was thriller “The Town” with $10 million. Rounding out the top five was low-budget comedy “Easy A” with $7 million.

“Social Network” was released by Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is owned by Sony Corp (6758.T). “Legend of the Guardians” and “The Town” were released by Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc TWX.N. “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, a division of News Corp. (NWSA.O), and “Easy A” was released by Screen Gems, also a Sony division.

Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Philip Barbara

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