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“Captain America: The First Avenger” proved its strength at the box office this weekend, facing off against the powerful force that is “Harry Potter” and coming out on top.

The 3-D film starring Chris Evans, which was the fourth and final big-budget superhero movie to be released this summer, collected a solid $65.8 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.

Meanwhile, after grossing more in its worldwide opening last weekend than any film in history, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” saw its ticket sales tumble quite a bit. The movie made an additional $48.1 million this weekend, meaning receipts fell a sizeable 72% from last weekend. The domestic total for the final “Potter” film now stands at $274.2 million.

The weekend’s other new release, the sexy, R-rated comedy “Friends with Benefits,” started off with a decent $18.5 million.

“Captain America” was produced by the Walt Disney Pictures-owned Marvel  Entertainment for around $140 million but is being distributed by  Paramount Pictures. That means Disney will receive the majority of the  profits or incur any losses from the movie.

The film, about a weak military reject who is transformed into a superhero via a government program, had virtually the same opening weekend as another Paramount/Marvel production out earlier this summer — “Thor.” That movie, also based on a popular comic book hero, opened to $65.7 million in May.

Both films attracted slightly more men than women, as 64% of the audience for “Captain America” was male. But the crowd liked “Captain America” a little more than the film about the Norse god: Audiences assigned this weekend’s release an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore, compared to Thor’s B-plus grade. Paramount is hoping that means “Captain America” will hold up even better than “Thor,” which saw ticket sales drop only 47% in its second weekend in theaters and has since grossed $445.8 million worldwide.

But audiences were more willing to pay higher ticket prices to see “Thor” in 3-D than they were for “Captain America.” About 60% of the first weekend sales for  “Thor” came from 3-D ticket receipts, compared with 40% for “Captain  America.” However, “Captain America” was not released in Imax theaters,  which accounted for 10% of the 3-D sales for “Thor.”

Overseas, “Captain America” opened only in Italy, where it took in $2.8 million. The film will roll out in 23 additional foreign markets this week.

“Friends With Benefits,” starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as two buddies who decide to try for a sexual but nonromantic relationship, was produced by Sony’s Screen Gems label for about $35  million. The movie appealed largely to women, as 62% of the crowd was female. Those who saw the film liked it, giving it an average grade of B-plus.

While the movie is off to a good start at the box office, it still had a slightly lower opening than “No Strings Attached,” a movie released in January with an extremely similar premise. That film, in which Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star as two buddies who sleep together and attempt to maintain their friendship, opened to $19.7 million. The film was also produced for a modest cost and went on to become a sleeper hit, grossing $147.8 million  worldwide by the end of its run in theaters.

In limited release, Fox Searchlight debuted the science fiction love story “Another Earth” in four theaters, where it collected $78,413 for a good per-theater average of $19,600. The film, starring up-and-coming young actress/writer Brit Marling, premiered to positive buzz at the Sundance Film Festival this year. And another film in limited release, “Sarah’s Key,” had an even better opening weekend. The film, based on the bestselling book about a Parisian journalist and distributed by the Weinstein Co., grossed $117,045 from five theaters for a per-theater average of $23,409.

[Updated, 10:32 a.m.: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” has  officially become Paramount’s highest-grossing film ever overseas, this  weekend passing the half-billion mark abroad. Overseas, the film  collected $62 million from 60 foreign markets, bringing its  international total to $556.6 million. The movie debuted this weekend in China, where it had the biggest opening for an American film ever in the country with $40 million.

Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic  box office, with  international grosses when available, according to  studio estimates and  Hollywood.com:

1. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Paramount/Marvel): Opened to $65.8 million. $2.8 million overseas in one foreign market.

2. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” (Warner  Bros.): $48.1 million on its second weekend, down 72%. $121.3 million  overseas in 59 foreign markets. Domestic total: $274.2 million.  International total: $560.4 million.

3. “Friends with Benefits” (Sony): Opened to $18.5 million.

4. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (Paramount):    $12 million on its fourth weekend, down 44%. $62 million overseas in 60  foreign markets. Domestic total: $325.8 million. International total:  $556.6 million.

5. “Horrible Bosses” (Warner Bros.): $11.7 million on its third weekend, down 34%. Domestic total: $82.4 million.6. “Zookeeper” (MGM/Sony): $8.7 million on its third  weekend, down 29%. $9 million overseas in 35 foreign markets.  Domestic  total: $59.2 million. International total: $28.8 million.

7. “Cars 2” (Disney/Pixar): $5.7 million on its  fifth  weekend, down 32%. $17.7 million overseas in 31 foreign markets.   Domestic total: $176.4 million. International total: $173.7 million.

8. “Winnie the Pooh” (Disney): $5.1 million on its second weekend, down 35%. Domestic total: $17.6 million.

9. “Bad Teacher” (Sony): $2.6 million on its fifth  weekend,  down 50%. $7.9 million overseas in 32 foreign markets.  Domestic total:  $94.3 million. International total: $70.2 million.

10. “Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics): $1.9 million on its tenth weekend, up 1%. Domestic total: $48.9 million.]

— Amy Kaufman


Photos, from top: Chris Evans stars in “Captain America: The First Avenger”; Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star in “Friends with Benefits.” Credits: Paramount Pictures; Screen Gems

In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)http://news.yahoo.com/potter-takes-down-batman-168-6m-weekend-154438653.html

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The boy wizard has vanquished the dark knight and a band of pirates with a record-setting magic act at both the domestic and international box office.

Warner Bros. estimates that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” took in $168.6 million domestically from Friday to Sunday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, also held by Warner Bros. for 2008’s Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”

Overseas, the film added $307 million in 59 countries since it began rolling out Wednesday, topping the previous best international debut of $260.4 million set in May by Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

International results for “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” included record openings in Great Britain at $36.6 million and Australia at $26.7 million, according to Warner Bros.

Worldwide, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” topped $475 million in a matter of days, putting it on course to become the franchise’s first billion-dollar worldwide hit.

“This will be the biggest ‘Harry Potter’ by far,” said Dan Fellman, head of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. “A billion dollars is definitely going to happen.”

The current franchise high is $974.8 million worldwide for the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” 10 years ago.

“Deathly Hallows: Part 2” does have the advantage of 3-D screenings, which cost a few dollars more than 2-D shows. Because of the higher 3-D price, plus regular inflation, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” sold fewer tickets but took in more money than “The Dark Knight” over opening weekend.

Overall domestic revenue for the weekend totaled $263 million, a record for a non-holiday weekend, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

The “Harry Potter” finale also set a record for best opening day domestically Friday with $92.1 million, nearly $20 million ahead of the previous high for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” two years ago.

Other records for “Deathly Hallows: Part 2”: best domestic gross for debut midnight shows at $43.5 million, topping the $30 million for last year’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”; best domestic opening in huge-screen IMAX theaters with $15.5 million, surpassing the $12.2 million for last year’s “Alice in Wonderland”; and best worldwide IMAX debut with $23.5 million, beating the $20.4 million for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” two weeks ago.

“This is just really a monumental event,” said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “The 3-D component, plus the IMAX, plus it being the last ‘Harry Potter,’ it was just this convergence of things that created this incredible record.”

Paramount’s third “Transformers” blockbuster, which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends, slipped to second-place with $21.3 million domestically. It remains the year’s top domestic hit with $302.8 million.

The latest “Transformers” added $39 million overseas, bringing its international haul to $460 million and worldwide total to $762.8 million. Among this year’s releases, that’s second only to “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” at $1.03 billion.

The weekend’s other new wide release, Disney’s animated family flick “Winnie the Pooh,” got swamped by “Harry Potter” mania. A return to the hand-drawn animation style of earlier adaptations of A.A. Milne’s beloved storybook characters, “Winnie the Pooh” pulled in just $8 million domestically, finishing at No. 6.

“Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is the eighth and final film adapted from J.K. Rowling’s seven novels about the young wizard’s indoctrination into a secret world of sorcery and his epic battles with evil conjurer Voldemort.

Cast more than a decade ago at ages 10 and 11 as Harry and his pals Hermione and Ron, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint became instant celebrities. They grew up on screen, maturing from inexperienced children to adult actors whose earnest performances contributed to glowing reviews from critics for the finale.

The three now are moving on to adult roles, including Radcliffe’s stint on Broadway in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

“It’s just a great way to exit, with the class and style that J.K. Rowling wrote into these stories,” Fellman said. “It comes to an end, as all goods thing do. When you have the opportunity to be a part of that, to work on all eight movies over 10 years, to see the kids, meeting them for the first time when they’re 10 and 11, and just now going to see Daniel Radcliffe at 22 years old in ‘How to Succeed in Business’ on Broadway. There’s a bittersweet part of it.”

The first “Harry Potter” film shown in 3-D, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” continued a downward trend for domestic revenues derived from the 3-D format.

Some earlier hits took in 70 percent or more of their domestic cash from 3-D shows. But “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” did just 43 percent of its domestic business in 3-D, with most fans choosing cheaper 2-D tickets.

That still means a healthy $72.5 million in domestic revenue from 3-D screenings, but it also shows that American audiences have lost much of their fervor for seeing movies in three dimensions.

Overseas audiences remain eager for it, with 3-D tickets accounting for 61 percent of international income on “Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

Woody Allen hit a milestone as his romance “Midnight in Paris” pulled in $1.9 million to raise its domestic total to $41.8 million, a personal revenue record for the filmmaker. The Sony Pictures Classics release beat Allen’s previous high of $40.1 million for 1986’s “Hannah and Her Sisters.”

Factoring in today’s higher admission prices, “Hannah and Her Sisters” and other earlier Allen hits such as “Annie Hall” sold far more tickets than “Midnight in Paris.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” $168.6 million ($307 million international).

2. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” $21.3 million ($39 million international).

3. “Horrible Bosses,” $17.6 million.

4. “Zookeeper,” $12.3 million.

5. “Cars 2,” $8.3 million ($12.4 million international).

6. “Winnie the Pooh,” $8 million.

7. “Bad Teacher,” $5.2 million.

8. “Larry Crowne,” $2.6 million.

9. “Super 8,” $1.92 million.

10. “Midnight in Paris,” $1.9 million.











International numbers weren’t immediately available, but once they come in, Deathly Hallows 2 should also be able to claim the top launch of all time at the worldwide box office.


The previous record domestically belonged to Warners’ The Dark Knight, which opened to $158.4 million.


Deathly Hallows 2 was a box office giant out of the gate, earning $92.1 million on Friday alone, including a record $43.6 million in midnight shows. The pic grossed another $42.8 million on Saturday, falling only 53%.


Other records set by Deathly Hallows 2 domestically: Largest opening day ever, and the largest opening for the franchise. Previous best was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ($125 million).


Sentiment was running high as Potter fans rushed to see the final title in the franchise. They weren’t disappointed, and gave the film a stellar A CinemaScore. Females made up the majority of the audience at 54%, while 55% of those buying tickets were over the age of 25.


Deathly Hallows 2 is the first title in the franchise to be released in 3D. While 3D upped the film’s earning potential, only 43% of the opening gross came from 3D theaters, another reminder that moviegoers in North America are opting to see films in 2D and avoid the extra upcharge.


That didn’t hurt IMAX, though, which played Deathly Hallows 2 in 274 theaters. IMAX theaters supplied $15.5 million in revenues, a record for the large-format exhibitor.


Deathly Hallows 2’s overall box office glow fueled a great weekend overall, with revenues up as much as 37% over the same weekend last year.
Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the first film this year to jump the $300 million mark, grossing $21.2 million over the weekend for a cume of $302.8 million.


Disney’s new kids entry Winnie the Pooh met expectations in its debut, grossing $8 million in its debut. However, the film only placed No. 6 for the weekend, coming in behind fellow Disney/Pixar pic Cars 2, which grossed $8.3 million for a domestic cume of $165.3 million.


Sony Pictures Classics’ Midnight in Paris is now Woody Allen’s top domestic earner of all time, grossing $1.9 million for the weekend from 706 theaters for a cume of $41.8 million, surpassing the $40.1 million grossed by Hannah and Her Sisters.


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