Captain America Punches Harry Potter Off The Box Office Throne

Captain America

As I exited my Captain America screening this past Friday night, I witnessed a massive line for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows queuing up near the doors to the IMAX theater. With the theater for Captain America only half full, I figured the Cap would have the slight blemish of being the only Marvel hero to open at number 2 at the Box Office.

Happily enough, that isn’t the case. Paramount is projecting a $65.8 million opening weekend for Captain America, and Warner Bros are projecting $48.1 million for the last Potter.

That $65.8 million for Cap is just ahead of Thor (which debuted with $65.7 million) and well above The Incredible Hulk (which earned just $55.4 million), but still behind Marvel’s golden boy Iron Man, whose films opened to $98 million and $128 million.

Of course, no one at Warner Bros is crying over Potter falling to #2. The film broke records domestically and abroad last weekend, so this $48 million is just icing on the cake.

Here’s The Weekend’s Top Five

1: Captain America $65.8M

2: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows $48.1M/$274.2M domestic total

3: Friends With Benefits $18.5M

4: Horrible Bosses $11.7M/$82.4M domestic total

5: Transformers 3 $12M/$325.8M domestic total

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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