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“Captain America” leading “Harry Potter” at Friday box office

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In what has to be considered a major victory, “Captain America: The First Avenger” appears poised to knock the final “Harry Potter” off of his box office perch once weekend actuals are announced.

The superhero origin story, the last piece of the puzzle to be revealed before Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” reaches theaters next summer, earned an estimated $25 million on Friday. Add to that total the $4M “Cap” earned in midnight screenings on Thursday, and it looks like Joe Johnston’s film will have no trouble winning the weekend.

David Yates’ final “Potter” tacked on an additional $16M on Friday, continuing the film’s record-setting sprint through the box office. THR notes that “Deathly Hallows Part 2” has earned an estimated $227 million domestically, and is cleaning up overseas.

As for the romantic comedy “Friends With Benefits,” with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, it nabbed close to $7 million on its first day, leading analysts to believe it could land in the $18-$20 million range by weekend’s end.

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