'Captain America' Grabs Summer's Biggest Superhero Debut; 'Friends With Benefits' Falls Short of 'No Strings Attached'

on July 24, 2011 by Phil Contrino

Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger is off to a great start. The latest superhero flick was able to manage a healthy $25,75 million on Friday and $21.9 million on Saturday, which means it's headed for the best superhero debut of Summer. Thor's $65.7 million debut previously held the record. X-Men: First Class opened to $55.1 million, while Green Lantern managed $53.2 million. Early word-of-mouth is healthy for Captain America. More than 75,000 Flixster users have combined to give the film an 86% approval rating, and the overall CinemaScore rating is an A-. Paramount is reporting 64% of the audience is male, and 58% is over 25. Internationally, Captain America managed $2.8 million from 327 Italian sites. 23 new marketsincluding UK, Russia and Argentinawill offer up CA next weekend.

After setting opening-weekend records last week, it was going to be very difficult for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to avoid a huge drop during its sophomore frame. The final film in the series managed $14.63 million on Friday and $18.435 million on Saturday. Internationally, Deathly Hallows: Part II added $121.3 million with approximately 14.65 million admissions from 19, 200 screens in 59 territories, pushing its total abroad to $560.4 million after only 12 days in theaters. The worldwide total is now $834.6 million.

Friends With Benefits was able to rope in a respectable $6.8 million on Friday and another $6.575 million on Saturday. The Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis vehicle will fall short of trumping No Strings Attached's $19.7 million debut. Sony is reporting that 62% of the opening weekend audience was female, and 56% was 25 or older. The overall CinemaScore rating is a B+. On Flixster, more than 21,600 users have combined to give the comedy a strong 78% approval rating.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon became Paramount's biggest international earner this weekend. The fighting robot flick's overseas cume is now a whopping $556.6 million. The worldwide total is $882.4 million. Hitting $1 billion worldwide is all but a done deal at this point.

Domestic comparison data:

Jan. 1 to July 24, 2011: $6,054,540,000*
Jan. 1 to July 24: 2010: $6,440,083,793
Total Decrease: $385,543,793, -6%

July 1 to July 24, 2011: $1,122,473,000*
July 1 to July 24, 2010: $1,083,102,795
Total Increase: $39,370,205, +3.6%

July 22 to July 24, 2011: $193,000,000*
July 23 to July 25, 2010: $162,262,000
Total Increase: $30,738,000, +18.9%

Check back tomorrow for studio weekend actuals.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.



Tags: Captain America: The First Avenger, Friends With Benefits, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

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