'The Social Network' Returning To Theaters; To Cross $200M Worldwide & Launch DVD

EXCLUSIVE: So how does Sony Pictures continue to remind awards voters about The Social Network when it was released way back in September? If you’re primo Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, you decide to re-release the Oscar-touted Facebook origins story in about 600 nationwide theaters on January 7th to take advantage of all the critical acclaim and awards hype. And then launch the DVD on January 11th with more than 8 hours of bonus extras. But you also fete the fact that The Social Network will pass $200 million at the worldwide box office within the week. To date, The Social Network has grossed more than $93 million in the U.S. and $104 million overseas. Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “At the box office, this film showed true staying power, grossing more than four times its opening weekend gross – a rare accomplishment when the average for wide releases last year was below three times its opening weekend gross.” It’s the best chance Sony’s Columbia Pictures has had to win Best Picture Oscar since 1988.

The Social Network nearly swept honors from the National Board of Review, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. The film has also received six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and nominations for Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, as well as two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, including Ensemble and Eisenberg for Best Actor, and nominations for Best Picture from the Producers Guild of America and Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. The film has also been named Best Picture by 24 critics groups, including the New York Film Critics Circle, the New York Film Critics Online, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Dallas/Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, the Washington Area Film Critics Association, the Toronto Film Critics Association, the UK Regional Critics Awards, Sight and Sound, the Village Voice/LA Weekly Critics Poll, the African American Film Critics Association, the Black Film Critics Circle, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the Houston Film Critics Society, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, the St. Louis Film Critics Association, the Indiana Film Journalist Awards, the Utah Film Critics Association, the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. The film also appears on over 350 critics’ Top Ten lists.

The film has been named Best Picture of the Year by numerous publications, including The New York Times, New York Post, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Post, Boston Phoenix, Cleveland Sun, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, IFC.com, Miami Herald, Lincoln Journal-Star, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MSN Movies, North County Times, Oklahoma Gazette, Omaha World Herald, Orlando Weekly, Sight & Sound, Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York, and Tulsa World, among many others.

The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Ceán Chaffin and based on the outline for the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher.

  1. It still impressess me that what is essentially a talking heads movie (a brilliant one at that) was able to recoup it’s cost and achieve all of the commercial accomplishments mentioned above. And it astounds me that people still call this a failure because it’s shy of 100 million domestically. Absurd. I wish that it would get re-release theatrically in the U.S. I would love to see this thing in theaters one last time.

  2. I’ve seen it twelve times in theaters already for Eisenberg, who is a quality actor and my major crush <3

    I can't wait to see it two more times on Friday and forever once I get the Blu-ray.

    1. You should seek medical help for your infatuation with the most overrated movie released in 2010.

      No doubt though it’ll walk away with the Oscars but like ‘Shakespeare In Love’, ‘The English Patient’, Dances with Wolves’, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and ‘Chicago’ to name a few, it will be quickly (very) forgotten. In 10/20yrs people will look back and wonder, why did it win again?

  3. Yes, I’m the single person in America who doesn’t get the astronomical attention this movie is getting. I’m not hating. I thought it was a good film. Clever, amusing. And I get the curiosity factor and driving force of the plot that would lure people into the theater. But isn’t that kind of a standard we in Hollywood should be shooting for with EVERY movie?

    Perhaps it’s a season of such slim pickings we’re throwing awards at movies that simply meet expectations, instead of films that surpass them.

    Lookit, no arguing Aaron Sorkin wrote a great script and David Fincher directed a classy movie. But c’mon. Best picture? I guess…

  4. Finally a film that lives up to all the hype. Definitely THE SOCIAL NETWORK is one of the best films of the year. Hope it goes all the way at Oscar time.

  5. The film is about something that interest everybody. I mean it’s simple. Does everybody in the world have Facebook? It’s fresh and original, not some old tired boxing story with a crackhead. Or crazy ballet nonsense. Just a little bit of originality goes a long way these days. This should be a wake up call for Hollywood and should win best picture for many, many reasons.

  6. Great film, great box office, well deserved. But don’t you just hate these re-releases? It’s being done for the Oscars, do Academy members really have such a short memory? Or is it being done to cross the $100m mark? Probably a little of the first one and a lot of the latter. Either way, it’s done for Jeff Blake’s ego.

  7. I’m glad that some studios realize the importance of this — if only they had done that with the hurt locker last year — all those awards it was getting and it still did not get even a limited release.

  8. I think Inception should also be re-released. Let the two go head to head and let the numbers decide for the Oscar.

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