Captain America beats Harry Potter at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

After the record breaking performance of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 last weekend, I thought there might be a slight chance that it would be #1 two weeks in a row.  But then I saw CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER and realized what a shame it would be if audiences didn’t see the Cap’ on the big screen.  Thankfully, the film was very successful, bringing in over $65 million.  Now, that’s a good number, but it’s not quite good enough to be the highest superhero movie of the summer, which belongs to THOR’s $65.7.  However, Captain should generate much more positive word of mouth and my guess is it will finish the summer as the most successful superhero movie of 2011.  The other new movie of the weekend was Justin Timberlake’s FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, which managed a decent showing in third place.

Next week sees the release of three new movies, including the Steve Carell rom-com/drama CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE, Daniel Craig’s COWBOYS AND ALIENS and the little blue creature debut THE SMURFS.  I find myself wanting to root for COWBOYS AND ALIENS, but nothing I’ve seen so far has me that excited.  I would say I’m actually looking more forward to CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.  Note: the numbers below will be updated when they become final.

Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger

1. Captain America: The First Avenger $65m

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $48m

3. Friends With Benefits $18.7m

4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $12.5m

5. Horrible Bosses $11.5m

6. Zookeeper $9m

7. Cars 2 $6.5m

8. Winnie The Pooh $5.5m

9. Bad Teacher $2.5m

10. Midnight in Paris $2m

Source: Deadline

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