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Captain America: The First Avenger Earns $4M In Midnight Screenings

Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger charged strong out of the gate last night, grossing $4 million in its midnight debut at 2,000 theaters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s the best midnight haul of any superhero movie this summer, placing director Joe Johnston’s action-adventure ahead of Fox’s X-Men: First Class ($3.4 million), Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern ($3.35 million) and Marvel’s Thor ($3.25 million).

Distributor Paramount Pictures projects Captain America will open somewhere between First Class‘ $55.1 million and Thor‘s $65 million.

The film, which received early screenings Thursday at Comic-Con International in San Diego, boasts a 71-percent “fresh” rating among critics at Rotten Tomatoes, and 86 percent among the website’s users. Comic Book Resources called Captain America “a fun, pleasant romp through the pulp world of the 1940s” that nonetheless “lacks the energetic spark that imbues the world of Thor and X-Men.”

Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, Richard Armitage, Natalie Dormer, Neal McDonough and Samuel L. Jackson.


  • Zagreus

    Captain America, F*&% Yeah! 

  • Bhashthur Veeratha

    I just have no desire to see this movie at all.

  • Gausman007

    Excellent!! :D

  • Luthor Manning

    Avengers Assemble!!!!!!!!!

  • Vijinand

    I’ve said it elsewhere, but this is the first movie, in a long time, where I actually had fun!  I smiled from beginning to end.  I’ll be seeing it a 2nd time at somepoint.

  • Kwreece

    Then why post?

  • Lex

    Looks great. I haven’t been to a movie in quite a while, so this will be fun.

  • David Fullam

    Just saw it, another home run for Marvel.

  • Cjorg2

    I think we all know the answer to that question – but if I provide the answer why, my post’ll get deleted.

  • Cjorg2

    I was elsewhere when he said it too – he really did say it was fun!!!  I agree!

  • Mike

    I just saw the movie today and i really enjoyed it, with one exception. Who the hell decided to make a Captain America movie set during WW2 and not have Captain America fight Nazis? X-Men: First Class should not have had more Nazi’s than Captain America.

  • Anonymous

     upset still over the crap show that was Green Lantern??

  • Raphael Loh

    There’s always room to show more WWII Cap in future Cap movies.

  • Dave

    More trash from Marvel. Next time make a movie that isn’t dumb and filled with CGI, Mr House of Ideas.

  • Bryant

    I’m cool with the “dumb” comment but when people complain about CGI it tells me they know nothing about the film making process.  CGI is a tool used to bring to life scenes that would otherwise be too expensive to do the material justice.  None of these new films from Marvel or DC would have the scale they have (even Batman) without the use of CGI and other special effects.  That’s not an opinion that’s a fact.  How do I know? I work in hollywood on movies and am very familiar with the film making process and specifically how studios will shut your film the fuck down if it gets too expensive to turn a profit.  Movies are made to make money not to fulfill you fanboy fantasy.  Remember that when you wonder why Michael Bay gets tons of work while Kathryn Bigelow struggles to find a project after winning an oscar (yeah she’s got the Bin Laden movie but no cast has been announced).

  • sillymander

    So you totally missed the part where Hydra was the Nazi deep-science division?  And the guys sent by Hitler to talk to Zola and Schmitt? One of them was in an SS uniform.

    Yes, Nazis. All of those Hydra guys were Nazis.  Sheesh.

  • Dave

    Great, another 12 year old who thinks he works in the movie industry. Okay kid, dream all you want and you will be making trashy movies like Cap A.

  • Doctor Petroleum

    I’d love to see some of your movies Uwe Boll

  • Sage Ashford

    They were Nazis, and then they decided screw that, let’s work for this supervillain.   Hydra was very clearly a separate group.  

  • Sage Ashford

    This film SHOULD beat out Thor.  If it doesn’t, I’m going to say that it was because they didn’t launch it the week of July 4th, like they should’ve.