Today The Social Network, the unofficial portrayal of the founding of Facebook, was released on iTunes and instantly became the top selling movie.
The movie has also performed extremely well on Amazon, ranking 2nd and 3rd for the most popular movie. While it was the first day out, the movie has been selling like crazy thanks to the rave reviews from critics as well as the film’s box office success. Many have even suggested that the movie could potentially walk away with the top Oscar later this year. For a movie that Facebook was more than a bit concerned about, fearful that it may negatively impact Mark Zuckerberg’s public image, it has actually appeared to accomplish the exact opposite.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has publicly mentioned a couple of times that friends of his emailed him to tell them that the movie was inspiring to them, and was going to lead them to go after their own dreams. While we’ll have to wait and see whether or not the movie wins big at the Oscars, there could be little more hype surrounding the company thanks to ongoing growth and the recent $50 billion valuation assigned by Goldman Sachs.