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'Captain America: the First Avenger' powers up to No. 1 with $65.8M opening

Harry Potter couldn't weave his magic to the top of the box office this weekend. He was knocked out by Captain America.

July 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Harry Potter couldn't weave his magic to the top of the box office this weekend. He was knocked out by a superhero.

"Captain America: The First Avenger" raked in $65.8 million its opening weekend.

The movie stars Chris Evans as Captain America, who is the latest from Marvel Comics to make it to the big screen.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" took second place with $48 million.

The comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, "Friends with Benefits," was third with $18.5 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Captain America: The First Avenger," $65.8 million ($2.8 million international).
2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," $48 million ($121.3 million international).
3. "Friends With Benefits," $18.5 million.
4. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," $12 million ($62 million international).
5. "Horrible Bosses," $11.7 million.
6. "Zookeeper," $8.7 million.
7. "Cars 2," $5.7 million ($17.7 million international).
8. "Winnie the Pooh," $5.1 million.
9. "Bad Teacher," $2.6 million.
10. "Midnight in Paris," $1.9 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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