Weekend Box Office: July 22-24, 2011

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger – $65,058,524
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $47,422,212
  3. Friends with Benefits – $18,622,150
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $12,051,735
  5. Horrible Bosses – $11,884,319
  6. Zookeeper – $8,702,055
  7. Cars 2 – $5,655,857
  8. Winnie the Pooh – $5,162,046
  9. Bad Teacher – $2,610,925
  10. Midnight in Paris – $1,804,662

Im a very shocking move this weekend we have Captain America: The First Avenger toppling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Everyone knew that Harry Potter was going to take a huge hit because it was a front loaded movie but everyone was expecting it to hold onto the top spot for at least the second week of it’s release. Who knew that Captain America would pull in the numbers and the attendance that it did?

Captain America: The First Avenger debuted with $65.1 million on roughly 7,100 screens while only at 3,715 locations. Even though it didn’t gross as much as Thor did its opening weekend ($65.7 million) it did beat Thor and every other superhero movie this summer with attendance numbers. Captain America was up eight percent compared to any of them. The main reason that Thor had the small difference was because it had better 3D ticket sales.

Since Captain America stole the top spot, it meant that Harry Potter fell to number two. We all knew it was going to happen but I personally didn’t think it would happen in its second weekend. After seeing it smash all the box office records that it did, I felt like it was going to have at least two weeks on top. Don’t get me wrong, $47.4 million is still awesome, but that means that it dropped 72 percent from opening weekend. It had the worst decline in terms of record breaking movies. The Dark Knight had a 53 percent drop, Spider-Man 3 was 62 percent and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest showed a 54 percent drop.

Harry Potter still brought in the big money though. In it’s 10-day run it brought in $273.5 million dollars, to make it the fastest grossing Potter installment. However it didn’t topple The Dark Knight‘s first place spot of $313.8 million dollars.

With Captain America and Harry Potter out of the way the box office brings you Friends with Benefits. Friends with Benefits got off to a decent start considering who it was opening against. It brought in $18.6 million dollars while on 3,500 screens at roughly 2,926 locations. Unfortunately, it didn’t open as well as the other “friends-with-benefits” movie, No Strings Attached, did earlier this year. No Strings Attached brought in $19.7 million back in January. In defense for Friends with Benefits look at who it had to go up against. Whereas No Strings Attached only had to go up against The Green Hornet.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon basically slid into fourth this week with $12.1 million. It is on a slippery slide downward just like it’s predecessor did in its fourth week. It had brought in a whopping $325.8 million in 26 days. Nipping at the ankles of Transformers was Horrible Bosses with $11.9 million. The R-rated comedy is surprisingly still hanging on in the top 5.

Of all the movies that are in the top 10 this week, once again Midnight in Paris is sitting at number 10. Also once again it steals the show when it comes to smallest decline with 3.8 percent. Granted it is only on 621 screens, that is still awesome.

Next week we have Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy Stupid Love and The Smurfs. How do you think they will fair with Captain America and Harry Potter?

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