Sunday, July 24, 2011

Captain America Beats Harry Potter

Yes, in a surprising move at the box office this weekend, Captain America bested Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2's second weekend with about $65.8 million... much more than expected. It didn't help that Harry Potter took a devastating 71% plunge in it's second weekend, to under $50 million. I'm guessing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was such a fan based movie that most of the fans saw it on opening weekend and that's pretty much all who will see it. In anycase, it should have passed the $300 million mark domestically by now (you know, with the record that it broke last weekend).

Captain America also is the biggest debut for a superhero movie this year (or well... to be determined tomorrow as it is only a hair ahead of Thor's $65.7 million debut); Green Lantern had a $53.2 million debut, and X-Men: First Class had a $55.1 million opening.

As for that other film that entered theaters this weekend, Friends with Benefits, it opened to $18.5 million, within range of what was expected.

Weekend Estimates
MovieWeekend GrossTotal GrossBudget
1) Captain America
2) Harry Potter 7 Part 2
3) Friends With Benefits
4) Transformers: Dark of the Moon
5) Horrible Bosses
6) Zookeeper
7) Cars 2
8) Winnie the Pooh
9) Bad Teacher
10) Midnight in Paris
$65.8 million
$48.1 million
$18.5 million
$12 million
$11.7 million
$8.7 million
$5.7 million
$5.1 million
$2.6 million
$1.9 million
$65.8 million
$274.2 million
$18.5 million
$325.8 million
$82.4 million
$59.2 million
$176.4 million
$17.6 million
$94.4 million
$44.9 million
$140 million
$200+ million
$35 million
$195 million
$35 million
$80 million
$200 million
$30 million
$20 million
$30 million

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