Captain America Takes The Number One Box Office Spot From Harry Potter
Posted on Mon Jul 25, 2011 09:02 AM PDT

CaptainAmerica072511_230.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Captain America: The First Avenger took the top spot at the box office this weekend, knocking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to number two.

The Paramount and Marvel Studios flick, starring Chris Evans, took in an estimated $65.8 million domestically. The numbers were in line with the other big superhero movie of the summer, Thor, which grossed $65.7 million its first weekend.

Harry Potter dropped 72% from its record-breaking debut weekend, bringing in $48.1 million.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis' romcom Friends with Benefits debuted in the number three spot with $18.5 million.

The head of distribution for Paramount, Dan Harris, said Captain America exceeded expectations. The film has successfully set up fans for next summer's mega-superhero movie The Avengers.