Weekend Box Office: The Reign of the Superheroes Continues.

Captain America: The First Avenger” rocketed to the top of the weekend’s box office heap, finally breaking Harry Potter’s death-grip on the top spot. Here’s the weekend, by the numbers.

Name: Weekend: Total Haul:
1. Captain America $65.8m $65.8m
2. Harry Potter $48m $274.1m
3. Friends with Benefits $18.5m $18.5m
4. Transformers $12m $325m
5. Horrible Bosses $11.7m $82m
6. Zookeeper $8.7m $59.2m
7. Cars 2 $5.7m $176m
8 Winnie the Pooh $5.1m $17.5m
9. Bad Teacher $2.6m $94.3m
10. Midnight in Paris $1.9m $44.8m

What’s really striking about this week’s list is the disparity between the top two movies — Captain America and Harry Potter and the rest of the Top 10. Both are seriously outdrawing “Friends with Benefits,” the sex-comedy with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis which also premiered over the weekend.

These smaller movies, in general, are the exception to the rule in a summer dominated by big-budget actioners and kid-friendly movies such as “Cars 2,” which is still drawing respectably and Disney’s new “Winnie the Pooh” movie.

For my money, though, this summer’s biggest surprise is Woody Allen’s paen to the Lost Generation “Midnight in Paris,” which is one of his best-performing movies in years. It’s an encouraging sign that there’s still room for the grown-ups at the multiplex.

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