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

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

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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