Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger is off to a great start. The latest superhero flick was able to manage a healthy $25,75 million on Friday and $21.9 million on Saturday, which means it’s headed for the best superhero debut of Summer. Thor‘s $65.7 million debut previously held the record. X-Men: First Class opened to $55.1 million, while Green Lantern managed $53.2 million. Early word-of-mouth is healthy for Captain America. More than 75,000 Flixster users have combined to give the film an 86% approval rating, and the overall CinemaScore rating is an A-. Paramount is reporting 64% of the audience is male, and 58% is over 25. Internationally, Captain America managed $2.8 million from 327 Italian sites. 23 new markets—including UK, Russia and Argentina—will offer up CA next weekend.
After setting opening-weekend records last week, it was going to be very difficult for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to avoid a huge drop during its sophomore frame. The final film in the series managed $14.63 million on Friday and $18.435 million on Saturday. Internationally, Deathly Hallows: Part II added $121.3 million with approximately 14.65 million admissions from 19, 200 screens in 59 territories, pushing its total abroad to $560.4 million after only 12 days in theaters. The worldwide total is now $834.6 million.
Friends With Benefits was able to rope in a respectable $6.8 million on Friday and another $6.575 million on Saturday. The Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis vehicle will fall short of trumping No Strings Attached‘s $19.7 million debut. Sony is reporting that 62% of the opening weekend audience was female, and 56% was 25 or older. The overall CinemaScore rating is a B+. On Flixster, more than 21,600 users have combined to give the comedy a strong 78% approval rating.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon became Paramount’s biggest international earner this weekend. The fighting robot flick’s overseas cume is now a whopping $556.6 million. The worldwide total is $882.4 million. Hitting $1 billion worldwide is all but a done deal at this point. BOXOFFICE.COM
|Weekend Box Office Estimates (U.S.)
Jul 22 – 24 weekend
|This Wk||Last Wk||Title||Dist.||Weekend Gross||Cumulative
|1||-||Captain America: The First Avenger||Paramount Pictures||$65,827,000||$65,827,000||1||3715|
|2||1||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution||$48,065,000||$274,182,000||2||4375|
|3||-||Friends With Benefits||Screen Gems||$18,500,000||$18,500,000||1||2926|
|4||2||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Paramount Pictures||$12,000,000||$325,789,000||4||3375|
|5||3||Horrible Bosses||New Line Cinema||$11,720,000||$82,402,000||3||3104|
|6||4||Zookeeper||Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group||$8,700,000||$59,200,000||3||3215|
|7||5||Cars 2||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||$5,726,000||$176,445,000||5||2668|
|8||6||Winnie the Pooh||Walt Disney Studios Distribution||$5,141,000||$17,573,000||2||2405|
|10||10||Midnight in Paris||Sony Pictures Classics||$1,899,246||$48,877,790||10||621|
|13||12||Mr. Popper’s Penguins||20th Century Fox Distribution||$925,000||$63,490,752||6||591|
|14||9||Super 8||Paramount Pictures||$760,000||$124,235,000||7||658|
|15||17||The Tree of Life||Fox Searchlight Pictures||$560,000||$11,042,577||9||230|
|16||14||Monte Carlo||Fox 2000||$475,000||$21,771,615||4||360|
|18||16||X-Men: First Class||20th Century Fox||$335,000||$144,197,318||8||295|
|20||20||Kung Fu Panda 2||DreamWorks Animation||$325,000||$160,784,000||9||250|