Facebook Movie Makes $23M

3:35 PM -- The Social Network -- a.k.a., "the Facebook movie" -- grossed approximately $23 million last weekend, crushing its box-office competition and attracting Oscar buzz.

The story of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg currently scores an impressive 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes -- but some still have qualms about silly things like sexism, and the truth:

  • Both The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien and, oddly enough, TV's Stephen Colbert have been critical of the treatment of women in the film, as they are largely portrayed as "doting groupies, sexed-up Asians, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys," O'Brien says.

  • Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas disputed The Social Network's portrayal of Zuckerberg, whom he's interviewed multiple times. "[Actor] Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Zuckerberg is far from the actual Zuckerberg... The real Zuckerberg... has a much more varied personality," Vargas wrote.
  • The New York Times's David Carr predicted the film will "divide generations":

      Many older people will... see a cautionary tale about a callous young man who betrays friends, partners and principles as he hacks his way to lucre and fame. But many in the generation who grew up in a world that Mr. Zuckerberg helped invent will applaud someone who saw his chance and seized it with both hands.

Meanwhile, the real Zuckerberg has kept busy donating $100 million to Newark schools, throwing crazy Cirque du Soleil parties, and appearing on The Simpsons.

— Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Light Reading Cable

TV Mananger 12/5/2012 | 4:21:29 PM
re: Facebook Movie Makes $23M

I wonder why no one is challenging FB in the market place? I know Myspace is a a lame duck...but you would think by now.....

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:21:28 PM
re: Facebook Movie Makes $23M

There are a few efforts out there.  Yammer is apparently a kind of Facebook/Twitter for groups within a business. (Full disclosure: I've never looked at Yammer and am too lazy to check it out right now.)

But Facebook has the advantage that "everybody" is already on it.  It's tough to compete with that kind of weight.

TV Mananger 12/5/2012 | 4:21:25 PM
re: Facebook Movie Makes $23M

The only reason I asked was because Myspace used to think that.  what happened to the Ivi Tv thing?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:21:24 PM
re: Facebook Movie Makes $23M

Sure thing - I agree with the "lame duck" assessment of Myspace.  The pages even look like something that crashed & burned. (It's useful for bands and musicians, but it still looks like hell.)

As for what happened to Ivi ... the latest I know is that Ivi got sued, which is kind of like saying the Phillies made the playoffs. People saw it coming a mile away.

Q&A with Ivi's founder/CEO:  http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=197851&site=lr_cable

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