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The Social Network Aims For $200 Million Worldwide; DVD Hits January 11

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 5, 2011 at 8:35AM

Five-hundred million friends? They're getting closer. With The Social Network edging toward the $200 million mark worldwide (so far its cume is $93 million domestic and $104 million overseas), Sony's putting it back in 600 theaters on January 7. And with Oscars in its sights, Thursday night, the film gets a PR boost from a DVD/Blu-Ray Oscar party promoing its January 11 homevideo release, with eight hours of DVD bonus features.
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Thompson on Hollywood


Five-hundred million friends? They're getting closer. With The Social Network edging toward the $200 million mark worldwide (so far its cume is $93 million domestic and $104 million overseas), Sony's putting it back in 600 theaters on January 7. And with Oscars in its sights, Thursday night, the film gets a PR boost from a DVD/Blu-Ray Oscar party promoing its January 11 homevideo release, with eight hours of DVD bonus features.

Sony worldwide distribution and marketing czar Jeff Blake cites the film's universal accessibility and connection with moviegoers for its success as a word-of-mouth phenomenon: "Everyone, everywhere, can relate to the human motivations of the real-life people who are depicted in the film." The Social Network showed rare staying power, he points out, grossing more than four times its opening weekend numbers. (The average for wide releases last year was below three times its opening weekend gross.)

Extras you won't find on the DVD: TOH's interviews with stars Jesse Eisenberg (he's got 32,000+ fans on Facebook...) and Armie Hammer.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Headliners, Media, Marketing, Summer, Winter, David Fincher


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.