July 25, 2011
'Captain America' tops the US box office
'Harry Potter' displaced after 62% drop off
Marvel superhero and first 'Avenger', Captain America, has stormed the US Box Office to take the weekend top spot. The Chris Evans-action movie opened with a more than respectable $65.8m, placing it just a few thousand dollars ahead of the earlier Avenger flick of the year, Thor, which opened with $65.7m.
The fair showing for the patriotic soldier put Harry Potter's finale firmly in second with $48.2m. This figure represented a staggering 62% drop off (72% if you include midnight previews) from its opening weekend.
That said, after breaking almost every record going, including opening day and opening weekend totals, Part Two of the Deathly Hallows was never going to maintain the fervour of fan excitement heading into week two.
Elsewhere in the charts, the Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis comedy, Friends with Benefits, opened third with $18.5m.
Despite this being almost half its budget in a single weekend, it falls behind the similar 'friends who boff' comedy 'No Strings Attached', starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, which pulled in $19.7m.
Next week sees the American opening of Cowboys and Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
Captain America: The First Avenger is due in cinemas in the UK on Friday (July 29).
For more box office facts and figures, visit Box Office Mojo.