The last of the summer’s three Marvel superhero flicks hit theatres on Friday. After topping his predecessors with a midnight haul of $4 million from 1,800 runs, Captain America: The First Avenger went on to secure an estimated $25.7 million from 3,715 locations on his opening day. That puts the film on track for a weekend as high as $65 million: a significant bump from the $55-$60 million Paramount had predicted. Anything over $65.7 million would also make Captain America the summer’s biggest superhero grosser ahead of Thor. Second place went to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with an estimated $14.6 million. After toppling nearly every record in its path in its first seven days, Potter is now facing an historic sophomore drop of over $100 million or 70% of its all-time-highest opening of $169.1 million. Because the film already boasts a worldwide total closing on $700 million, I’m sure Warner Brothers isn’t too perturbed. Friends With Benefits placed third with $6.8 million from 2,926 locations on Friday, with a weekend projection in the $20 million range. Details and analysis tomorrow.
|2||Harry Potter 7b||$14,630,000||$240.7|
|3||Friends With Benefits||$6,800,000||$6.8|