‘Captain America’ Overtakes ‘Harry Potter’ at the U.S. Box Office [Video]

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ was easily able to claim the top of the box office this past weekend as it tallied an estimated $65.8 million from 3,715 North American theaters.

Nine days after the U. S. premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” the action-packed film fell to number two at the U.S. and Canadian box offices, overtaken by “Captain America: The First Avenge.”

According to box office estimates, the superhero movie, which stars Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, took a staggering $65.8 million in weekend ticket sales, knocking the final ‘Potter film’ off the top spot.

Meanwhile, the last Potter movie saw its massive opening-weekend audience from last week shrink by 72 per cent, taking in $48.1 million over its second weekend in U.S. and Canadian cinemas, plus $121.3 million internationally, distributor Warner Bros. said on Sunday.

The film’s total ticket sales now stand at $274.2 million in domestic cinemas and $560.4 million internationally, for a combined total of $834.6 million.

“Captain America,” a fantasy flick starring pretty boy Chris Evans, follows the life of a young man who becomes a superhero after being deemed unqualified for military service. The movie also features “Men in Black” actor Tommy Lee Jones and “Lovely Bones” star Stanley Tucci.

“Captain America” drew a 64 per cent male audience to the film set in the 1940s, about a scrawny, bullied orphan transformed into a muscular superhero thanks to a serum developed by the government.

He is the latest Marvel comic book character to hit the big screen before the superheroes join forces in next year’s film ‘The Avengers.’

The success against the Harry Potter finale ‘was well beyond what anybody was expecting,’ said Don Harris, executive vice president of distribution for Paramount Pictures, which released Captain America.

The film drew positive reviews and ‘had a retro look to it’ that appealed to moviegoers even after a summer filled with superhero flicks, he said.

Finally, ‘Friends with Benefits’ managed a solid $18.5 million opening weekend, thanks in great part to the current popularity of Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

This movie made a bit less than the identically titled film that starred Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher back in January. According to Sony Pictures, the movie only cost about $34 million to make.

Other top films for the weekend were big-budget Hollywood film ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ at number four with $12 million, and adult-oriented comedy Horrible Bosses in the fifth spot with $11.7million.

Next week, Universal will release ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford while Warner Bros will counter-program with the romantic comedy ‘Crazy Stupid Love.’ Finally, Columbia Pictures will attempt to woo younger audiences with ‘The Smurfs.’ [via Daily Mail (UK), Time and USA Today]

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