If early estimates are to be believed (at Deadline, Nikki Finke had her doubts on Sunday), it looks like "Captain America: The First Avenger" has flown higher and faster than its summertime superhero rivals, "Green Lantern," "X-Men: First Class" and "Thor."
According to Box Office Mojo:
Captain America made an estimated $65.8 million on approximately 7,100 screens at 3,715 locations, edging out fellow Avenger Thor's $65.7 million as well as Green Lantern's $53.2 million and X-Men: First Class's $55.1 million to top the summer's superhero launches.
"Captain America" has also pushed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (which made only $48 million this weekend) from the top of the box office charts, overseeing a sharp 72-percent second-weekend fall for Radcliffe, Watson et al. However unfortunate Potter's ticket dip, however, it's hard to think of "Deathly Hallows 2" as anything but a success when it's already racked up the following records (among others):
- Biggest midnight opening
- Biggest opening weekend
- Biggest opening day
- Biggest international weekend
- Biggest IMAX opening weekend