Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger charged strong out of the gate last night, grossing $4 million in its midnight debut at 2,000 theaters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s the best midnight haul of any superhero movie this summer, placing director Joe Johnston’s action-adventure ahead of Fox’s X-Men: First Class ($3.4 million), Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern ($3.35 million) and Marvel’s Thor ($3.25 million).
Distributor Paramount Pictures projects Captain America will open somewhere between First Class‘ $55.1 million and Thor‘s $65 million.
The film, which received early screenings Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego, boasts a 71-percent “fresh” rating among critics at Rotten Tomatoes, and 86 percent among the website’s users. Comic Book Resources called Captain America “a fun, pleasant romp through the pulp world of the 1940s” that nonetheless “lacks the energetic spark that imbues the world of Thor and X-Men.”
Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, Richard Armitage, Natalie Dormer, Neal McDonough and Samuel L. Jackson.