Chris Evans’ “Capt. America: First Avenger” pulled in $65.8 million at the box office over the weekend, enough to finish No. 1, as expected, but as superhero movies go is the First Avenger living up to its hype?
In a summer of superhero movies, Paramount Studios said over the weekend that America crushed two other offerings, “Green Lantern” and “X-Men: First Class,” distributed by rivals Warner Bros. and Fox.
Captain America opened in 3,715 theaters including around 2,500 showing the movie in 3D, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The Marvel Comics movie also stars Tommie Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan and Derek Luke.
“Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2” finished second after a record smashing opening last weekend, with $48 million at the box office.
“Friends With Benefits,” the anti-romcom starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake finished third with an $18.5 million gross.
The film may be riding on Timberlake’s popularity couple with Kunis’s sexy good looks and funny personality.
The Sony/Screen Gems film performed well, given its “R” rating which limited its audience, and news that Kunis used a “butt double” to film one sexy scene.
“Captain America’s” biggest threat wasn’t another superhero movie, but the second weekend out for the “Harry Potter” finale.
But industry observer say Potter was due for a let down after its opening weekend and receipts fell by 72 percent.
Don Harris, executive vice president of distribution for Paramount Pictures, said “Captain America” was helped by positive reviews and “had a retro look to it” that appealed to moviegoers.
But how he will perform overseas remains to be seen, because some think its too American-centric to appeal to forein audiences.
It’s been renamed The First Avenger in some countries to play down the American angle, but so far Paramount sees no backlash.
The film opened with $2.8M in Italy this weekend, beating out “X-Men: First Class” and the first Iron Man film.
Harry Potter, however, is destined to become the biggest box office ever. After it’s second week, it’s grossed $274.2 million in North America and $560.4 million globally, for a total take of $834.6 million.
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” continued to do well coming in fourth with with $12 million, while Jennifer Aniston’s adult-oriented comedy “Horrible Bosses” was fifth with $11.7 million.