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Captain America has $26 Mil Friday

Captain America pulls in $26 million on Friday premiere.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 23, 2011

Chris Evans plays the title character in Joe Johnston's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER(2011).
© Paramount Pictures, Marvel


Despite doubts to the contrary from quite a few insiders, it looks as if Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger may debut in 1st place this weekend. The keyword there is “may” as all have to go on here is Friday’s estimates and things may change as the weekend progresses. For now though, the Chris Evans-led film started off fairly decent with an opening day tally of $25.7 million on 3,715 theaters across the nation. The opening day has its weekend estimates finishing in around the $60 million mark and at the moment, that’s good enough for the victory.
Landing in 2nd place on Friday is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2. The epic finale of the Warner Bros. Pictures franchise dropped a sizeable 84% in ticket sales from this Friday to its performance on its opening day last week. But seeing how it pulled in $91.0 million its opening day for a record breaking performance, we can’t see how you don’t have large drop-off its following weekend. The final Potter installment pulled in $14.6 million yesterday to increase its domestic tally to $240.7 million after 8 days of release.
 Not including this weekend’s foreign numbers, the film currently has a worldwide score of $693.4 million. An amazing number for a film which has only been out a week. With the incredible launch, Warner Bros. Pictures hit the $7 billion mark in global sales from their Harry Potter film franchise. We’ll have more on that in tomorrow’s box office report…
And landing in the 3rd place spot is this weekend’s other new wide release, Friends with Benefits. The comedy which mocks other romantic comedies grabbed $6.8 million in sales over its first day of release from 2,926 theaters across the states. The budget for the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis effort is set at only $35 million.

Captain America: The First Avenger
$25.7 mil
$25.7 mil
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2
$14.6 mil
$240.7 mil
Friends with Benefits
$6.8 mil
$6.8 mil


We’ll have more details and the current worldwide summer box office race in tomorrow’s box office report


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dalgoda 7/23/2011 12:26:54 PM

I'm shocked but pleased that it looks like Cap will beat HP this weekend.  This should end up right around Thor's numbers based on Friday total and another successful movie from Marvel Studios.

Wiseguy 7/23/2011 12:29:03 PM

OK I'm still padding myself in the back for calling that Cap would topple 4 eyes, well along with wessmith I think we were the only 2 that thought that would be the case. Not hating on HP I just love Cap. I may see Cap a third time Sunday morning to see how it looks in 2D

HP will be the first film to ever fall off more than 100mil from week to week. And with that the domestic race isn't as sure as it seemed in HP's favor

I rarely see any comedies in theater but what's with all the raunchy adult comedies this year. I saw Bridesmaids cause I had my arm twisted but  these films are making a decent buck too. Even this latest one which is a remake of No Strings Attached which was in theaters not long ago

dalgoda 7/23/2011 12:32:28 PM

Wise, we'll have to see how much of a worldwide HP takes also.  If it takes a huge hit there too, it may not take the global box office either.

Kadet2002 7/23/2011 12:38:38 PM


I never did read what you thought about Cap. I guess since you are going to see it for the third time, it was pretty awesome. I'm gonna have to wait until I get through my Accounting Info. Systems Project, but I hope to have seen it at least 3 times by the beginning of August.

Wiseguy 7/23/2011 12:45:48 PM

Kadet, that sounds like a ton of fun :) And yes CA was awesome and it is my fave comic book film this year even though I loved THOR.


dalgoda, you're right but I still think it will take the worldwide title. The fanbase is just huge. But we'll see

Mossy1221 7/23/2011 4:10:01 PM

 I would be surprised is Captain America does "Great" over seas. The name alone may turn off quite a few movie goers in other countries.


InnerSanctum 7/23/2011 4:27:50 PM

 Mossy:  I wouldn't place that bet.  I could care less if there was a good movie called Captain Britian, or Captain Korea, or Captain Iraq.  If it was a good film I'd see it.  The word on the street is there is a good film called Captain America.  I'm seeing it tomorrow. 

ElBaz13 7/23/2011 7:06:06 PM

Awesome news. I too called HP would be Cap. Glad I was wrong (so far) on HP winning this race.

I'm guessing most of the primo cash done by HP was from the diehards who absolutely wanted to see it the first weekend.


I'm in Canada. The theatre was packed for Cap and the crowd loved it. There was applause at the end of the film and cheers after the credits teaser.

I loved this movie. Even though it was called Captain America. It wasn't a flag waving film of the US as everyone assumes it is.Perhaps this movie won't be a hit in the middle-east, but it still has us up North. I wouldn't discount Europe (WW2 aspect) and Asia (who love comicbook movies).

raa2001 7/23/2011 8:09:07 PM

 Well, looking at the big picture its good for the comic based films as a whole. I hope it makes a ton more money and keep bringing our favorite comic book characters to life in a big way.

XeroWarp 7/23/2011 8:31:52 PM

I can't wait to see Cap this weekend. It's my fav comic as a kid. Well, Cap and SGT. Rock. It's funny, SyFy has been running the old CA T.V. movies from the late 70's. I remember seeing them as a kid. Not even sure if I liked them much back then.

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