"Captain America" beats "Potter" at box office

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 24, 2011 12:03 PM
"Captain America" beats "Potter" at box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Superhero movie "Captain America: The First Avenger" triumphed over the U.S. and Canadian box offices with $65.8 million in weekend ticket sales, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" finished second with $48.1 million as its domestic sales fell sharply from the film's record-breaking opening last weekend. Romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits" held the No. 3 spot on box office charts with $18.5 million.

"Captain America" was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, distributed "Deathly Hallows - Part 2." "Friends with Benefits" is from Screen Gems, a unit of Sony Corp.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)