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$8 mil 'Social Network' tops box office

'Let Me In,' 'Case 39' post modest debuts

Status update: Sony's Facebook drama "The Social Network" topped the domestic box office with $8 million in its first day of release on Friday.

That puts the David Fincher-helmed drama about the controversial early days of the social-networking site on track to ring up $23 million-$28 million through Sunday. Reviews of "Social Network" have been almost entirely positive, stimulating early awards buzz on the Aaron Sorkin-penned film.

Jesse Eisenberg ("Zombieland") portrays Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in the PG-13 pic; co-stars include Andrew Garfield ("The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"), Justin Timberlake and Rooney Mara. Recently cast in the title role of the American adaptation of Swedish crime thriller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Mara plays Zuckerberg's college girlfriend.

Elsewhere among the daily rankings, Fox's Michael Douglas starrer "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" registered $3.3 million in second place. That gives the financial-thriller sequel $29 million in cumulative box office through eight days in release.

Entering its third frame, Ben Affleck's "The Town" from Warner Bros. fetched $3.1 million in third place on Friday. The Boston-based heist thriller totes a $57.4 million cume.

Warners' 3D animated fantasy "Legend of the Guardian: Owls of Ga'Hoole" was fourth among the daily grossers with $2.6 million and a $21.8 million cume. Sony's youth comedy "Easy A" took fifth with $2.7 million and a $38.1 million cume.

Two other wide openers posted modest first-day sums outside of the top five rankings: Overture's vampire thriller "Let Me In" sunk its teeth into $1.9 million; Paramount Vantage horror thriller "Case 39," starring Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper, collected $1.8 million on Friday.