Box office report: 'Captain America' stands proud with $65.8 million; 'Harry Potter' plummets, still huge


Image Credit: Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios

This weekend, Captain America: The First Avenger was on a quest to avenge the disappointing box office results of recent superhero movies like X-Men: First Class and Green Lantern, and according to weekend estimates, it looks like Cappy has succeeded! The patriotic Paramount/Marvel tentpole earned a strong $65.8 million this weekend, bettering the opening of Thor, which hammered out $65.7 million during its debut in May. (Let’s wait for final numbers on Monday before we declare this the best superhero opening of the summer.) Captain America wasn’t a weakling in the per theater average department, either, as it found a terrific $17,719 at each of its 3,715 locations. Only 40 percent of the opening figure came from 3D screens, though—yet another low number for the format.

Audiences, which were 64 percent male, liked the film quite a bit, issuing Captain a nice “A-” Cinemascore grade (comparatively, Thor and X-Men: First Class both earned a “B+”, while Green Lantern earned a “B”), and the positive reception should help the $140 million action film stick around at the box office. As Chris Evans recently suggested in EW’s Comic-Con suite, the fate of the Avengers franchise was sort of resting on Captain America‘s success this weekend, so those involved with the film must be breathing a huge sigh of relief today. Granted, the real test will be seeing how the film holds up in the weeks to come, but it’s certainly off to strong start. Gotta love capitalism!

In second, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 dropped by a gigantic 72 percent (a hefty drop was all-but guaranteed after last weekend’s record-breaking numbers), but it still pulled in a a strong $48.1 million, pushing its ten-day total to $274.2 million. The wizard flick is on track to surpass Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone‘s $317.6 million tally to become the highest grossing Potter film, even though it’s falling quite fast. Where’s Dumbledore to cast Aresto Momentum when you need him? Still, Warner Brothers isn’t sweating—the Potter finale has already conjured up $836.4 million around the world, and $1 billion is a sure thing.


Image Credit: David Geisbrecht

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake’s raunchy comedy Friends With Benefits debuted to a decent-though-underwhleming $18.5 million, good enough for a $6,323 per theater average. The $34 million Sony production couldn’t outdo the similarly-themed No Strings Attached, which scored a $19.7 million opening in January, and it finished well behind the opening numbers of recent R-rated comedies like Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, and Bridesmaids.

Fortunately for the studio, Friends with Benefits was relatively cheap to produce, and it should be able to find some legs at the box office, as this summer has been very kind to the comedy genre. The sexed-up laugher earned a solid “B+” grade from Cinemascore, with audiences under 18 giving the film an “A” and audiences over 50 giving it a “B-” (Wait, young people like sex more than old people? What?!). Exit polling revealed that the Friends With Benefits‘ audience was 62 percent female, while 56 percent was 25 or older.

In fourth place, Transformers: Dark of the Moon blasted up another $12 million, marking a 44 percent drop from last weekend. After four weeks, Michael Bay’s robot-alien blockbuster has grossed $325.8 million, and while it won’t outgross Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which earned $402.1 million in 2009, it is still the top grossing film at the domestic box office this year, and it has been thriving overseas as well. All told, Dark of the Moon has amassed $882.4 million worldwide, and even if Shia Labeouf doesn’t return to the franchise, I sincerely doubt we’ve seen the last of the Transformers.

Horrible Bosses, now in its third weekend, came in fifth place. The dark comedy has been enjoying some great word-of-mouth with audiences, and despite competition from Friends With Benefits, Bosses only fell 34 percent to $11.7 million, which pushes the film’s total to $82.4 milion. At the same point in its run, Bad Teacher had earned $78.7 million, and Horrible Bosses looks like it will finish just ahead of the Cameron Diaz vehicle and break the $100 million plateau with ease.

1. Captain America: The First Avenger — $65.8 mil
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 — $48.1 mil
3. Friends with Benefits — $18.5 mil
4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon — $12 mil
5. Horrible Bosses — $11.7 mil
6. Zookeeper — $8.7 mil
7. Cars 2 — $5.7 mil
8. Winnie the Pooh — $5.1 mil
9. Bad Teacher — $2.6 mil
10. Midnight in Paris — $1.9 mil

For more box office news, follow Grady on Twitter @BoxOfficeJunkie.

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  • LOL

    America loves _________?

    • crispy


      • Mark


    • Max

      Your mom

      • LOL’s Special Man Friend

        LOL is a moron, which is why I love him so much (from behind, natch). And “Captain America” was boring. And when I say “boring,” I mean it has none of those wonderful things that movies need these days to become classics—style, drama, pizazz, interesting characterizations, etc. Check out the negative reviews on and you’ll see what I’m talking about, before you waste $10-15 bucks.

      • Jenn

        Pizzaz? Okay, twinkle-toes.

      • poop

        I have to wonder if its still the same person that does all these LOL comments.

    • LOL

      Ok America, this Mr. America thing doesn’t look too bad. But this doesn’t let you off the hook for that Green Flashlight movie or the one about a teenage heartthrob magical hobbit or whatever it was, or any of the others that came after the best film of the century, Fast Five this summer. Consider yourselves on probation. I’ll be watching.

      • JA

        I can’t tell if your post is serious or not? Fast Five as the best film of the century? Are you kidding me? And if this is a serious post and you do consider Fast Five the best movie ever — well then I wouldn’t be casting stones towards those that like Green Lantern.

      • LOL

        Fast Five is certainly not the best film ever, the very idea is absurd. What I said was that it is the best film of this century, I don’t think that can really be argued. It is possibly the best film of the last 50 years, but I will grant you, that is debatable. But the best film of all time? Hardly.

      • The REAL LOL is crap

        I get the image that LOL sounds a lot like Comic Book Guy.

      • Suck it LOL

        Dear LOL,
        If you have a problem with movies made in America than don’t watch them. Why not take up your cause with your own country and get them to produce movies you can rank on? Instead of using this forum as a way to attack Americans and the films we make & enjoy. So while you’re exercising free speech on an american website, why not use it to say some thing smart and actually provide real commentary on the movie. You know, the thing this article was written about?

      • LOL

        I am an American. I think that we, as a country, should have higher standards when it comes to film. I am unconcerned with other countries.

    • ATK

      Seriously, is this all you do? You wait for an article to post and then spill out your crappy one-liner. Since you left this one blank let me fill it is, America loves…less of people like you. Please excuse the harshness, I strive to not be an angry person, but it concerns me that you have a lack of creativity and therefore limited mental capacity. You obviously know how to work a keyboard, so Kudos.

      • LOL

        No, that is not all I do.

      • LMFAO

        ATK sounds like he has board stuck up his rump.

      • Dani


        ATK is telling it like it is.

    • LOL Loves Crap

      LOL thinks Fast Five is the best film of the century…LOL

      • Adwina Lambert

        JT with the curly hair and the squeaky voice is soooo over-rated and over-exposed!! tee-hee!

    • Feverishkin


    • cheekbrown

      … a pretty face.

    • nezzo

      America loves…Cap

      • crispy


      • Dani


    • Dani

      America loves…the idea of you getting a life. Go screw yourself.

  • Pittner

    From Harry Potter to Captain America, it sounds like the stupid Fox News viewers were out in full force this weekend.

    • LOL

      Fox “News” viewers think Harry Potter is satanic.

      • Dan


      • CyberJedi5

        So dey wanted ta see how da other half lives…

      • sublime

        Foxnews viewer and right side political bent, and I do not think H. Potter is satanic. We are smart enough to know it is not real. Unlike some of the Obamaers.

      • jody

        If you’re on the right, I don’t know why you would have a problem with Obama. Gitmo still operating. Still in Iraq. Afghanistan surge. health care plan written by insurance companies that republicans actually backed for years until Obama endorsed it. Every day it seems like he’s willing to gut even more out of medicare and social security. Wow, thank goodness McCain didn’t get elected huh? If you’re a right winger, you should be out campaigning for a second term. Me, I’m hoping an actual democrat challenges him for the nomination and wins. Then your hatred of him would at least make sense. As it stands now, I guess you just don’t like him because he doesn’t have an R in front of his name.

    • Wha’ever

      It makes no sense. Why would Fox News viewers want to watch a British film in which the US of A ain’t even mentioned once ? You’re right for the other one, though.

      • Shaun

        Um, no… I’m very much on the left, politically, but I enjoyed the hell out ouf Captain America. There was no right-wing propaganda in this movie. It was a comic bvook adventure that has roots in WWII, which I, for one, would argue was the last truly “just” war.

        The character of Cap is neither Republican or Democrat. He stands for a higher ideal, of honesty, fairness and compassion for ALL. That said, after being revived in the comics in the 1960s, more than once Cap has defied the U.S. government when he feels the gov’t hasn’t acted in the best interest of the people. Let’s just say that Steve Rogers has been more liberal than conservative over the years, at least in the comics I’ve read (and certainly true of Cap over the past few years).

      • Anne

        Well, no, Steve Rogers is very much a New Deal Democrat. Sadly, these days the national Democratic party is really Rockefeller Republicans, and the national Republican party is delusional reactionaries.

    • Liz Lemon

      Ugh. I hate Fox News.
      I’m really happy to see that Potter has already earned over 830 million worldwide in just 2 weeks. I think this will be the first Potter to cross the Billion dollar mark. *fingers crossed*

    • Pitty Pittner

      Pitt-iful comment, Pittner. You know as well as I do that the Fox News types are too busy writing their tea party chew toys in DC to go to the movies. Sorry you didn’t like the flicks, though. You might as well just stay home, as I’m sure TMC or A&E will play “On Golden Pond” at some point.

      • Pittner

        Love me some Jane Fonda.

    • Alex

      I hate those honkies on MSNBC.:)

    • Esox

      Studi an Conservative aren’t mutally exclusive to each other ya know.

      • Esox

        Last I checked, there were more liberals doing illegal drugs than conservatives, and that’s stupid. Or “studi” as I misspelled in my last post.

  • Mya

    _________ a clean cut, good looking, Adonis with the heart of a champion, matching muscles, and superhero skills.

  • Mya

    Please believe. He was all that even when he was rail thin at the beginning.

  • jets

    Because 80 year old far-right wing conservatives love Harry Potter and comic book movies?

  • Scrooge McDuck

    Awesome more money for Michael Bay…couldn’t be happier for him

  • DRG

    After a one week break America is back to loving crap once again.

    • Jo

      Actually Captain America was a very well reviewed movie == from both critics and the viewing public…so you version of crap is all relative.

    • Cameron J

      Hell, anything famous that isn’t Oscar potential is crap to people like you.

      • LOL

        Not true. However, your post was most certainly crap.

      • vader1013

        i just crapped my pants.

    • Liz Lemon

      Captain America doesn’t look bad though. I’ve heard it’s got some corny moments, but is still a great summer films.
      I’m shocked, I thought all these superhero movies would suck. So far only Green Latern has fulfilled that expectation.

  • Jose

    Why is no one watching Winnie the Pooh?

    • Chris Robin


    • Drew

      Kids rather see Wizards and Robots this summer. Winnie the Pooh isn’t for this generation that worships Pixar’s crap. Quote me: America loves Crap… it’s why they’re not seeing Winnie the Pooh.

    • Liz Lemon

      Lol. I want to, but I don’t wanna spend $10 on it.

      • Jose

        I went to an early bird $5 showing, does your theater have something like that?

      • Liz Lemon

        @Jose: I thought they did, but I went to see Potter in 2D at like noon one day and it cost me $8.50.
        I may see if it’s less for Winnie for the Pooh though.

  • nikhil

    It will take a long run from here on for Captain to be called a success as it is going to be below average in foreign markets.

    • Haywood Jablowmi

      F foreign markets!! TEAM AMERICA FK YAH!!!!

      • Dominic

        Actually we foreign markets are what keep your movie industry solvent so a little more respect thanks.

        And yes, expect this movie to underperform outside of the US. First super hero movie I won’t be seeing, only because Captain Flagmerica is too apple pie.

      • Benny Net Yahoo

        Hey Dominic, perhaps you should use some of your (more valuable) foreign currency to but a sense of humor and lighten up

  • Aging Genxer

    It was better than Thor but not as good as Iron Man.

  • Justin

    Saw Harry Potter last week and Cap on Thursday night. Loved them both, being an avid fan of the Potter series and of Marvel comics. Glad to see they’re both making great money in their own genre. Here’s my top 5 list of movies this year.

    5. Thor
    4. Harry Potter 7-2
    3. Captain America
    2. Horrible Bosses
    1. X-men 1st class

    Yeah I know I just love Marvel.

    • LOL

      Bridesmaids and Super 8 were both better than at least a couple of those.

      • Really?

        I couldn’t get into Super 8. I wanted to like it but it turned out to be crap.

      • Liz Lemon

        I thought Bridesmaids was overrated. I laughed like twice and both times were at Melissa’s character.
        That’s right, I said it.

    • Nemo

      I didn’t think Captain America was a great comic book movie. I agree that X-Men First Class was the best movie of the summer, but Thor definitely out beat Captain America by a long shot.

      • Justin

        Actually now that I think about it I’d put them pretty even. Either way The Avengers is going to be one kick ass movie!

    • Jose

      Why are’nt midnight in Paris and Kung Fu Panda 2 missing from that list?

      • Jose

        *Why are they missing, whoops

    • vader1013


  • Michael

    it cant be the dark kinght

  • ME

    Wow…. really WOW!!! Captain “AMERICA” is not doing as well in the foreign market. DUH!?!?! I mean something so uniquely American would be loved by American’s. It wasn’t the best movie of the summer but it was solid and stuck to the morals of Captain America, also tied the whole Marvel Universe together nicely for The Avengers later next year. I can’t say there is a best movie this summer because there are so many views and opinions out there, but I will say that Captain America isn’t chocked full of sleaze and would be good for the family to watch together. Even if you don’t know much about Captain America.

    • chris

      Used to love it, until I studied World History.
      Choosing between a movie with universal values about love, family and friendship and a movie about America’s penchance for “saving the world”? OH, what a difficult choice, indeed.
      I don’t have anything against the U.S. – but isn’t about time you save yourselves instead?

      • rocket-man

        Anything that demonstrates what America was before the machine took over is alright by me.

      • Levi’s Johnson

        Yes Chris, a movie about the pending debt crisis would have been much more entertaining. When will Hollywood ever get it?

      • Rachel Maddow’s Future Husband

        Sounds like a Fox News viewer to me.

      • chris

        @Rachel… :Fox what? I don’t live in the US, so…

      • Justin P.

        Chris, it’s a damn movie based on a comic first written 70 years ago. Get over yourself.

    • Woot

      Yeah it’s not doing well in the foreign market because it only opened in Italy…

      • Justin P.

        Ha, exactly.

  • andy1992

    What a wonderful movie! This is the best super hero film since “Iron Man”, except better. Best film of the season, and one of the best films of the year. Bravo joe johnston, chris evans and the rest of the cast and crew for the most entertaining 2 hours of 2011! Talk about exceeding expectations – I can’t wait to see it again!!

  • Backsun

    I thought Winnie the Pooh was a wonderful movie.

    • Harry Bearbutt

      i will not see Winnie the Pooh until that bear puts on some pants. it’s downright disgraceful.

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