The Social Network, a film based on the tumultuous creation of social media outlet Facebook and the rocky relationship of its founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Savarin has topped the US box office charts following its stateside release last Friday, October 1st.
Despite its chart-topping popularity and attraction to a generation of Facebook users, the film has fallen short of initial expectations taking $23m (£15m) in its opening weekend. The film, which portrays Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in a predominantly negative light, has been widely praised by critics.
The Social Network, which is based on the Ben Mezrich book ‘The Accidental Billionaires’ documents the path that led to the creation of the world’s most popular social networking website, the confrontations and law suits that have shaped its ownership and the troubled journey this fledgling website has traveled on its route to 500 million users.
Due for release in the UK on October 15th, The Social Network is expected to prove equally popular with a European market as it has in North America.