‘Harry Potter’ drops to No. 2 at box office, ‘Captain America’ zooms to top

Laura Donovan Contributor
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You didn’t think Harry Potter could work his magic forever, did you?

Nine days after the U. S. premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” the action-packed film fell to number two at the box office, overtaken by “Captain America: The First Avenge.”

According to box office estimates, “Captain America” grossed $65.8 million during its opening weekend, surpassing expectations by more than $10 million. (TheDC Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’)

“Captain America,” a fantasy flick starring pretty boy Chris Evans, follows the life of a young man who becomes a superhero after being deemed unqualified for military service. The movie also features “Men in Black” actor Tommy Lee Jones and “Lovely Bones” star Stanley Tucci.

The success of “Captain America” doesn’t take away from record-breaking “Harry Potter” earnings. Last week the final installment of the J.K. Rowling series debuted with $169.1 million, a box office record eclipsing the $158.4 million the 2008 Batman flick “The Dark Night” brought in.

Since hitting theaters nearly two weeks ago, “Harry Potter” has raked in $274.2 million total. The movie, which takes viewers through Harry Potter’s last attempts at defeating evil Lord Voldemort, remains the number one film overseas, even though it brought in 61 percent less than it did the weekend before.

Laura Donovan