First Internet Domination, Now Movie Domination…

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Facebook has already consumed 6.8% of all internet traffic, wasted days, possibly years of time from its 500 million users, and is now set to dominate the movie theatre box office as well with a movie called, ‘The Social Network’.

This may seem ridiculous, having a movie about Facebook, but seriously, for an estimated industry worth between $22-33 billion since beginning in February 2004, it definitely has a story to be told.

Focusing from the beginning, 2003, then-Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and Eduardo Saverin (played by Andrew Garfield) toy around with developing a social network for Harvard students, which quickly becomes a global multi-billion dollar business. But of course, you don’t get this rich and famous without some gaining some enemies. ConnectU file a lawsuit against Facebook claiming that Facebook stole their idea, as well as Facebook co-founder Saverin suing Zuckerberg, obtaining a 5% settlement ownership of Facebook.

Bringing superstardom to the cast, Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and Plaxo, who guides Zuckerberg during the early days of Facebook, becoming Facebook’s first president in 2004.

Making a movie about Facebook is a very, very smart move on both director David Fincher and distributor Sony Pictures.

With over half a billion users currently engaged and consumed with the social network, there is a high chance that people will want to watch it – and with a $23million debut in the States, you can rightfully assume so.

If you don’t think Facebook is worth having a movie done about it, remember: ‘You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies’.

‘The Social Network’ hits Australian movie theatres on Thursday 28 October.


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