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'Captain America' didn't beat 'Thor' after all

July 25, 2011 | 11:30 am


It turns out that "Captain America" wasn’t the fastest superhero out of the gate at the box office this summer after all.

On Sunday, Paramount Pictures estimated that "Captain America: The First Avenger," the 3-D film starring Chris Evans as the Marvel comic book character, would gross $65.8 million over the weekend. With that figure, it would have had the biggest first weekend of any superhero film released this summer -- just barely topping the $65.7 million debut of the 3-D "Thor" back in May.

But when the ticket sales were accounted for on Monday, Paramount said "Captain America" had actually collected $65.1 million over the weekend. Of course, that's still a solid opening -- one that's more than $10 million higher than the debuts of both "Green Lantern" and "X-Men: First Class" in June.

And even though "Thor" was able to throw down the hammer in the initial box office battle, "Captain America" may ultimately have more power than the Norse god in the long run. Audiences who saw "Captain America" this weekend loved the film, giving it an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore; "Thor," comparatively, scored a B-plus.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Chris Evans stars in "Captain America: The First Avenger." Credit: Paramount Pictures