'Captain America: The First Avenger' tops weekend box office

Actor Chris Evans attends the 'Captain America: The First Avenger' Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on July 19, 2011 in Hollywood.
Actor Chris Evans attends the 'Captain America: The First Avenger' Los Angeles Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on July 19, 2011 in Hollywood. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Harry Potter stepped aside to make way for Captain America this weekend.

Last weekend, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” broke box office records galore as fans of the boy magician were treated to the final chapter of his multi-billion-dollar eight-movie franchise. This weekend, “Captain America: The First Avenger” premiered and took the top spot with $65.8 million in ticket sales for Paramount.

“Potter” grabbed the second slot, conjuring $48 million for Warner Bros. A new romantic comedy, “Friends With Benefits,” grossed $18.5 million for Sony/Screen Gems.

In fourth place, it was back to computer generated characters with Paramount’s “Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon” – it grossed $12 million. The fifth ranked film took moviegoers to the corner office as “Horrible Bosses” entered its third week and earned $11.7 million for Warner Bros.

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