Weekend Box-Office: July 22-24, 2011

Captain America...f*ck yeah!

The film itself received positive reviews from both critics and fans alike (currently sitting at 7.4/10 on Movie Fan Central), and so it wasn't a major shock to see CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER steal the top spot away from the last HARRY POTTER movie after only one week in 1st place, but still a little surprising. There was obviously no way for POTTER to continue its record pace, as it lost 71% of its audience from last weekend, which under normal circumstances might be a major worry, but when that number comes only one week after breaking the record for biggest opening ever...it's not so bad.

And so how does CAPTAIN AMERICA compare with the rest of the superhero movies of the summer? Well, according to the stats below (opening weekend figure, followed by total in parentheses), it had the biggest opening amongst them all, and if the good "word of mouth" keeps up, may even beat THOR as the highest-grossing superhero movie of the summer. We'll have to wait and see though...

THOR: $65.7M ($180M)
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS: $55.1M ($144M)

As for the "other" new movie opening this past weekend, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, opened in 3rd place with a reasonable $18.5M, although its reviews weren't as unanimous as in CAPTAIN AMERICA's case, as it's currently averaging only 5.7/10 on the MFC. It's to note that the similarly themed NO STRINGS ATTACHED starring Mila Kunis' co-stars from BLACK SWAN and "That '70s Show" opened with $19.7M back in January. That film ended up with $71M when all was said and done though. Not sure FRIENDS will make that much, as it obviously has a lot more competition right now.

In the meantime, Michael Bay's latest TRANSFORMERS film has become Paramount International's highest-grossing movie of all-time, as it crossed the half a billion dollar mark this past weekend (it's now at $556M overall). It's to note that even though HARRY POTTER broke the record for biggest opening weekend ever, TRANSFORMERS still sits atop the 2011 domestic box-office charts with $325M as compared to POTTER's $273M. So there's still a $52M gap between them. Will be interesting to see if Potter can make up the difference in the coming weeks.

The two films to get booted from the top 10 this week were LARRY CROWNE ($34M) which may turn out to be the most "under the radar" film ever released starring either Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts, and SUPER 8 ($124M) which turned into one of the more successful "original" movies of the summer.

Next weekend sees the release of three major movies including the Steve Carrel, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore-starring CRAZY STUPID LOVE, as well as Jon Favreau's latest directorial film starring Indiana Jones and James Bond entitled COWBOYS & ALIENS (oh, and some chick named Olivia Wilde) and....the SMURFS. Now that it appears as though no other major film will beat either TRANSFORMERS or HARRY POTTER to the overall top spot of the summer, which of the two films do you think will ultimately end up with the summer's box-office belt? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Captain America: The First Avenger $65.8 M
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 $48.1 M $274.2 M
3. Friends with Benefits $18.5 M
4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon $12 M $325.8 M
5. Horrible Bosses $11.7 M $82.4 M
6. Zookeeper $8.7 M $59.2 M
7. Cars 2 $5.7 M $176.4 M
8. Winnie the Pooh $5.1 M $17.6 M
9. Bad Teacher $2.6 M $94.4 M
10. Midnight in Paris $1.9 M $44.9 M


Extra Tidbit: Sorry about the late box-office report this weekend, but there was a lot of Comic Con traveling (and recovering) happening with our group over this past weekend...



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