The Social Network ruled the box office when it opened over the weekend, taking in $23 million.
Although screenwriter Aaron Sorkin plays to the dramatic, the relationships of the major players are rooted in fact.
Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg, the complex antihero who betrays his friend and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield. Justin Timberlake is a scene-stealer as Napster founder and Facebook founding president Sean Parker, the Silicon Valley all-star who brings Zuckerberg’s company into the spotlight.
Objections aside, the real Sean Parker was Facebook’s first president and brought in the company’s initial round of angel investment from Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an investor in LinkedIn. After his departure from Facebook, Parker joined Thiel at venture capital firm Founders Fund.
Saverin and ConnectU founders Tyler Winklevoss, Cameron Winklevoss and Divya Narendra brought legal action against Zuckerberg, and all settled out of court.
Saverin, whose stake in Facebook decreased from 30% to 5%, made this year’s Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $1.15 billion.
Even Sorkin admits the film isn’t completely accurate, telling New York magazine, “I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling.”
The Social Network was well received by critics and has created Oscar talk. Facebook even rented out two theaters for a company field trip.