When the weekend was done and all the receipts counted, Marvel's "Thor" still had the best debut of any superhero movie this summer.
That's because, contrary to Sunday estimates, "Captain America: The First Avenger" actually grossed $65.1 million domestically in its first weekend and not $65.8 million, falling about $600,000 short of "Thor's" opening haul in May. But the Joe Johnston-directed film also screened in slightly fewer locations, 3,715 versus 3,955.
Of course, $65.1 million is still plenty impressive, falling on the high end of Paramount Pictures' pre-release projections and rousting Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" from its throne atop the North American box office. It also beats the debuts of Fox's "X-Men: First Class" and Warner Bros.' "Green Lantern" by about $10 million.
The Los Angeles Times notes that, in the long run, "Captain America" may yet defeat "Thor." Audiences are reacting more positively to the Chris Evans-led movie, giving it an average grade of A-minus; "Thor,' according to the market-research firm CinemaScore, received a B-plus.
"Captain America: The First Avenger" also stars 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.