Facebook movie top for second week

Facebook film The Social Network captured the top spot at US box offices for the second straight weekend in a lacklustre frame that saw ticket sales for all films drop about 15 per cent from last year.

The Social Network took in $15.5m (£9.7m) with its tale of the website’s founding, which has thrilled both critics and audiences and has Hollywood buzzing with awards talk for the David Fincher-directed movie.

The Columbia Pictures release played in just under 2,800 locations for a per-theatre average of around $5,600. Ticket sales were down just about 30 per cent, a small drop by Hollywood standards from last week’s final haul of $22.4m.

In two weeks in theatres, Social Network has taken in $46.1m, which Columbia said covers its production cost, putting the film on a solid path to profitability.