“Captain America” earns $4M in midnight screenings

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It isn’t exactly “Harry Potter” money, but Marvel’s “Captain America” opened to decent Thursday midnight numbers and showed that superhero fatigue might not be an issue for the Chris Evans vehicle.

“The First Avenger,” directed by Joe Johnston, earned an estimated $4 million in roughly 2,000 in midnight screenings. That put it ahead of its superhero brethren from Summer 2011, as “X-Men” earned $3.4M, “Green Lantern” grabbed $3.3M, and “Thor” hammered home $3.2M in their late-night bows.

Paramount’s now saying “Captain America” will open “somewhere between First Class and Thor” when the weekend numbers are calculated.

Of course, it’s all a big tease until Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” opens May 2012, but for an appetizer, “Captain America” is pretty terrific, and should be seen this weekend.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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