'The Social Network' Accepted by Audiences Across the Country

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Oct. 4 2010, Published 5:01 a.m. ET

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Thanks to powerhouse performances by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, The Social Network took the box office by storm this weekend. The trio looked dapper as ever at the Parisian premiere Sunday, celebrating their flick about the evolution of Facebook — from a Harvard dorm room to a billion dollar corporation.

Jesse, Andrew and Justin were joined by director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin at the premiere  held at Cinema Gaumont Marignan in Paris.

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Real-life twins Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss (both played by in the film by Armie Hammer) also attended the premiere.

One person who you will not find gracing the red carpet with his presence is the real-life founder of Facebook, 26-year-old entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg — who is portrayed as cold, insensitive computer geek.

Mark and his team at Facebook released a statement reminding audiences that the portrayal of the founding of Facebook is fictional and should be taken as such.

“They do a wonderful job of telling a good story,” the company said in the statement recently. “Of course, the reality probably wouldn’t make for a very fun or interesting movie.”

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin maintained he was not trying to create a documentary rather an interpretation.

“I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling,” he told New York Magazine.

The debate surrounding the validity of the film, however, did not stop moviegoers from flocking to the box office to see it.

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The film landed in the No. 1 spot, earning $23 million, according to MTV, followed by Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole at Nol. 2 with $10.9 million and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps coming in at No. 3 ($10.1 million).

Even the employees of Facebook headed to the theater to check out the hype.

"To celebrate a period of intense activity at Facebook, we decided to go to the movies," Facebook spokesman Larry Yu told New York Magazine. "We thought this particular movie might be amusing."

Reportedly, Mark Zuckerberg himself has seen the movie as well (more than once).


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