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Posted at 12:25 AM ET, 10/11/2010

Weekend box office: 'Social Network' is still on top

By Jen Chaney

"The Social Network" remains No. 1. (Columbia Pictures)

"The Social Network" stays put in first place, Katherine Heigl outruns a Triple Crown winner and the horror genre takes another hit.

Get the details about those movie developments and more in the weekend box office rundown.

"The Social Network" remained the No. 1 film in America, earning another $15.5 million and bringing its total revenue to $46 million. That's good news for the Mark Zuckerberg story, but news for the movie business was less encouraging; overall ticket sales were down 15 percent compared with this time last year.

The best performing new release was the abysmally reviewed "Life as We Know It," which pocketed $14.6 million from people who clearly a. never read those reviews; b. read the reviews and decided to ignore them; or c. can't resist a joke about baby poop. "Secretariat," the Disney take on the famous thoroughbred's road to victory, trailed in third place with $12.6 million, which, for the record, is $8.3 million less than "Seabiscuit" made out of the gate in the summer of 2003.

Horror movies are supposed to be box office sure things, especially in the month of October. But this year, that's not proving to be the case. Wes Craven's "My Soul to Take" ended the weekend in fifth place, with a projected total of $6.9 million, distinguishing itself as the worst 3-D movie opening for a release showing at more than 1,500 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. This comes on the heels of last week's disappointing debut for "Let Me In," which this week slid out of the top 10 entirely and earned an additional $2.4 million. Does this mean upcoming shockers "Paranormal Activity 2" and "Saw 3D" should expect similar lackluster results? Is the horror genre bottoming out? Discuss amongst yourselves.

As far as movies in more limited release, Zach Galifiankis's "It's Kind of a Funny Story" did so-so business ($2 million on 742 screens), while the documentary "Inside Job" made $42,000 on just two screens, the highest per-screen average of the weekend.

So can "The Social Network" be liked at the box office for a third consecutive week? Or will a new challenger like "Jackass 3-D" or the AARP-action flick "Red" rise to the top spot? Make a prediction by voting in our poll.

By Jen Chaney  | October 11, 2010; 12:25 AM ET
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Comments

Nothing new is coming out that can challenge "The Social Network." Hollywood must be running out of ideas.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"Life as We Know It" has baby poop. "Secretariat" has horse poop. "Jackass 3-D" will have donkey poop.

In "The Social Network," Facebook demonstrates the old IT saying, GIGO.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 11, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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