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