captain america the first avenger Box Office: Chris Evans' 'Captain America' defeats 'Harry Potter' Friday nightThe superhero has beaten the wizard – at least on Friday night, according to estimates. “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans earned $25 million Friday, which includes the $4 million from midnight showings.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” took in a respectable $16 million, which puts it over the $225 million mark domestically for its first week in release. Worldwide, “Harry Potter” is fast approaching $500 million.

The Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis rom-com “Friends with Benefits” had a very decent $7 million first-day earning. Earlier this year, the similarly-plotted “No Strings Attached” starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher also opened to roughly $7 million for its first day in release. We suggest a follow-up to both movies, a la “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”

The full Top 12

1. “Captain America,” $25.8 M
2. “Harry Potter,” $14.6 M
3. “Friends With Benefits,” $6.8 M
4. “Horrible Bosses,” $3.7 M
5. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” $3.5 M
6. “Zookeeper,” $2.9 M
7. “Cars 2,” $1.7 M
8. “Winnie the Pooh,” $1.6 M
9. “Bad Teacher,” $825 K
10. “Midnight in Paris,” $525 K
11. “Bridesmaids,” $411 K
12. “Larry Crowne,” $326 K

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."