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'Captain America' Defeats 'Harry Potter' for Top Spot at Box Office 

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Captain America: The First Avenger is America's number-one movie.

The Marvel superhero film earned an estimated $65.8 million over the weekend to take the top spot away from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The final Harry Potter film was the runner-up, collecting $48 million in its second weekend of release.

The Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis comedy Friends With Benefits opened in third place, with an $18.5 million, third-place finish.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger, $65.8 million.
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, $48 million.
  3. Friends with Benefits, $18.5 million.
  4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $12 million.
  5. Horrible Bosses, $11.7 million.
  6. Zookeeper, $8.7 million.
  7. Cars 2, $5.7 million.
  8. Winnie the Pooh, $5.1 million.
  9. Bad Teacher, $2.6 million.
  10. Midnight in Paris, $1.9 million.

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'Captain America,' 'Friends with Benefits' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Captain America: The First Avenger: In Marvel's latest superhero film, Chris Evans' Steve Rogers takes part in an experiment that transforms him into the titular shield-wielding World War II super-soldier.  Gossip Girl's Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Hugo Weaving also star in the movie, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

-- Friends with Benefits: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play two friends who decide to have a sexual relationship with no strings attached, whereupon hilarity ensues.  Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins and Woody Harrelson also star.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Captain America: The First Avenger trailer has had fanboys hot and bothered for months. Not just fanboys -- fans of summer blockbusters couldn't help but get excited by the patriotic theme and the retro visual of a superhero taking on Nazis. For the comic fan, it looks like somebody finally got their beloved Captain America right. To others, it seems like a fresh take on the superhero genre.
If only movies were trailers, they'd all be great.  And the beginning of Captain America: The First Avenger has us believing the movie will live up to the trailer's promise. It's 1943, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny but scrappy kid from Brooklyn who's eager to enlist and fight for his country.  Unfortunately, his physical size and litany of medical issues get him rejected, time and again.
What Rogers lacks in brawn, however, he makes up for in heart, a trait noticed by Stanley Tucci's Dr. Abraham Erskine -- a German scientist who defected to the United States after the Nazis forced him to develop a serum that would turn their soldiers into super soldiers. Now Dr. Erskine will administer the serum to an American soldier and use it to defeat the Nazis. Of course, there's always a snag -- in this case, Hugo Weaving's Johann Schmidt, the head of the Nazi secret scientific division known as Hydra and the recipient of Dr. Erskine's serum. Unfortunately for Schmidt, Rogers also gets the serum and goes from an American zero to an American hero.
Chris Evans is excellent as Rogers, lending the realism and charm necessary to make Captain America believable. Hugo Weaving, no surprise, is fantastic as Schmidt, aka the Red Skull.  However, the issue here isn't the performances or the look of the film, which is great. The issue is consistency and realism. There's a point in Captain America: The First Avenger when it goes from grounded superhero film to over-the-top summer blockbuster, and that's when you stop caring about the characters and become more concerned with the action sequences and the effects. That's not altogether a bad thing, but it is the difference between a great film and an above-average super hero flick.
That's exactly what Captain America: The First Avenger is: an above-average superhero flick with entertainment value.  Unfortunately, it's also nothing special.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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