The Superhero took over from the wizard at the box office as newcomer Captain America: The First Avenger came out on top of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.
Sunday studio estimates showed that Paramount's Captain America didn't disappoint the tradition of superhero movies with its $65.8 million debut in first place. Paramount's Thor kicked off the summer movies back in May with a debut of $65.7 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Captain America: The First Avenger made an estimated $25.8 million on approximately 7,100 screens at 3,715 locations. With numbers like these, the latest superhero edged out Thor's $25.5 million to top the summer's superhero launches.
Captain America's estimated attendance on the first day was comparable to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but was less than Fantastic Four and X-Men among past July Marvel Comics kick-offs, according to Box office Mojo. Distributor Paramount Pictures' exit polling showed that 64 percent of the Captain's crowd was male, which was about the same as Thor, and 57 percent was 25 years of age and older.
The eighth and final part of the boy-wizard franchise dropped 84 percent from last Friday's record to come in second with an estimated $14.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II made a little more than $48 million in its second weekend, landing a domestic total of $274.1 million.
In the meantime, Friends with Benefits got an estimated $6.8 million start on around 3,500 screens at 2,926 locations, which was less than the $7.3 million made by another friends-with-benefits sex comedy No Strings Attached back in January, Box Office Mojo reported.