The Social Network befriends millions at U.S. box office

The movie, directed by David Fincher, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and chronicles the early days of the social networking website.

And it proved to be a big hit with cinema-goers at the weekend (01-03Oct10), befriending film fans and forcing last week’s top choice, animated adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, to fly down into second place with $10.9 million (£7.27 million).

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is at three with $10.1 million (£6.73 million), while Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper’s horror Case 39 failed to entice viewers and enters at number seven with $5.35 million (£3.57 million).