Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger held onto the top spot at the daily box office on Wednesday with $5.80 million. However, the big-budget adaptation of the Marvel series was down a steep 26 percent from Tuesday. In comparison, Thor fell 23 percent on its first Wednesday back in May. Captain America is still outpacing expectations with a six-day start of $86.44 million and will surpass the $90 million mark today. The film is currently running 7 percent ahead of the pace of Thor and 24 percent ahead of the pace of X-Men: First Class. Look for Captain America: The First Avenger to fall into second place this weekend, as Universal's Cowboys & Aliens is widely expected to debut in first.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II grossed $5.17 million to remain in second. The blockbuster fantasy sequel from Warner Bros. fell 20 percent from Tuesday and a sharp 58 percent from last Wednesday. Deathly Hallows: Part II is still having trouble stabilizing at this point, which suggests that the film will experience another sizable decline over the weekend. Deathly Hallows: Part II has now grossed $291.66 million through 13 days of release and is set to reach the $300 million milestone on Friday.
Internationally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II surpassed the $600 million milestone on Wednesday. The film grossed $19.5 million internationally on Wednesday, placing its international total at $615.1 million and worldwide total at $906.8 million.
Sony's Friends With Benefits grossed $2.37 million to hold steady in third place. The R-rated comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis fell 20 percent from Tuesday. In comparison, Sony's Bad Teacher fell 24 percent on its first Wednesday. Friends With Benefits has grossed a respectable $26.64 million in six days, placing it 33 percent behind the pace of Bad Teacher at the same point in its run.
Fellow R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses remained in fourth place with $1.55 million. The Warner Bros. release fell 15 percent from Tuesday and 38 percent from last Wednesday. Horrible Bosses has grossed $87.56 million through 30 days, leaving it just $12.44 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.40 million. Paramount's 3D blockbuster sequel was down 18 percent from Tuesday and down 43 percent from last Wednesday. Transformers: Dark of the Moon has grossed $330.53 million in 29 days, placing its current domestic lead over Deathly Hallows: Part II at $38.87 million.
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