Box Office: "Captain America" Topples "Harry Potter"

Posted Sunday July 24, 2011 1:20 PM GMT

While forecasts tend to hold up quite predictably, "Captain America: The First Avenger" offered up a surprise by leaping out to the pole position at the box office over the weekend of July 22-24, 2011.

The Chris Evans starring superhero cape pulled in $25.6 million on Friday night while en route to an opening weekend total of $65.8 million - well above the projected total of $58 million.

As a result of the strong start by "Captain America," box office record-breaker "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" slipped to second place with a $14.5 million on Friday leading to an estimated weekend score of $48 million.

Rounding out the approximated top five earning films in theaters this weekend are the Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis starring romantic comedy "Friends with Benefits" ($18.5 million), followed by "Transformers: Dark Of the Moon" ($12 million) and "Horrible Bosses" ($11.5 million).