Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger rounded out its first week in theatres with a first place finish of $5.42 million on Thursday. The adaptation of the Marvel comic series slid 7 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. Captain America was the week's top film with a seven-day start of $91.87 million. While the film has shown signs of slowing on Wednesday and Thursday, it has still exceeded expectations thus far. Compared to the first week performances of this summer's other superhero adaptations, Captain America is running 29 percent ahead of the pace of Green Lantern, 24 percent ahead of the pace of X-Men: First Class and 8 percent ahead of Thor.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II grossed $4.87 million to remain in second. The final chapter of Warner's blockbuster fantasy series fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 57 percent from last Thursday. Deathly Hallows: Part II took second place for the week with $70.42 million, though that was down a sharp, but understandable, 69 percent from the film's opening week performance. The film has grossed a massive $296.53 million through 14 days and will reach the $300 million milestone today. That will tie it with 2009's Avatar as the third fastest film of all-time to reach the $300 million mark. 2008's The Dark Knight holds the record by reaching the mark in just 10 days, while 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen achieved the milestone in 14 days.
Internationally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II grossed $14.0 million on Thursday. That places the film's international total at $630.0 million and worldwide total at $926.5 million.
Sony's Friends With Benefits held steady in third place with $2.26 million. The R-rated romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis fell 4 percent from Wednesday. Friends With Benefits has held up fairly well since Saturday, but the film will also face added competition this weekend with Warner's Crazy, Stupid, Love entering the marketplace today. Friends With Benefits grossed $28.90 million in its first seven days, which was good enough for third for the week. The film is currently running 36 percent behind the pace of Bad Teacher at the same point in its run and 11 percent ahead of the pace of the similarly themed No Strings Attached.
Warner's Horrible Bosses continued to claim fourth with $1.54 million. The successful R-rated comedy was down just 1 percent from Wednesday and down 39 percent from last Thursday. Horrible Bosses finished in fourth for the week with $18.42 million. The film has grossed $89.10 million in three weeks and will cross the $90 million mark today.
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