Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger grossed $7.75 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The big-budget adaptation of the Marvel comic book fell 55 percent from Sunday. Captain America topped the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed a better than expected $72.81 million through four days of release. Captain America is now running 2 percent ahead of the pace of Thor at the same point in its run. Thanks to July midweek grosses being stronger than May midweek grosses, Captain America should continue to build its lead over Thor throughout the rest of the midweek. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Captain America is currently running 17 percent ahead of Fantastic Four, which opened in July of 2005.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II held steady in second place with $6.48 million. The final chapter of Warner's blockbuster franchise fell 56 percent from Sunday and 64 percent from last Monday. With the film's massive second weekend decline out of the way, Deathly Hallows: Part II will now hope to stabilize going forward. Regardless of whether it is able to stabilize or not, Deathly Hallows: Part II has already grossed a tremendous $280.02 million in just eleven days of domestic release. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is the year's second highest grossing film domestically and now trails Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon by $47.40 million for the top spot.
Sony's Friends With Benefits took third place with $2.71 million. The R-rated comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis fell 48 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. After opening a bit softer than expected on Friday, Friends With Benefits has displayed strong early holding power in the days since then. The film's four-day total stands at $21.33 million, placing it 40 percent behind the pace of fellow Sony release Bad Teacher at the same point in its run and 1 percent ahead of the pace of the similarly themed No Strings Attached.
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