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Captain America: The First Avenger – Trailer

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. It is the fifth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Joe Johnston, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, and Stanley Tucci. The film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super soldier Captain America to help the war effort. Captain America must also stop Red Skull, Adolf Hitler’s ruthless head of weaponry and leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use a mysterious tesseract energy-source for world domination.

Captain America: The First Avenger began as a concept in 1997, and was scheduled to be distributed by Artisan Entertainment. However, a lawsuit, not settled until September 2003, disrupted the project. After Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch, the project was set up at Paramount Pictures. Directors Jon Favreau and Louis Leterrier were interested in directing the project before Johnston was approached in 2008. The principal characters were cast between March and June 2010. Production of Captain America: The First Avenger began in June 2010, and filming took place in London, Manchester and Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and Los Angeles in the United States. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

Captain America: The First Avenger premiered in Hollywood on July 19, 2011, and was released in the United States on July 22, 2011. The film became a critical success and has grossed $294.3 million worldwide as of August 2011.

Cast

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America:
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter:
Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt / Red Skull:
Sebastian Stan as Sgt. James “Bucky” Barnes:
Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Phillips:
Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark:
Neal McDonough as Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan:
Derek Luke as Gabe Jones:
Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine:
Kenneth Choi as Jim Morita:
Bruno Ricci as Jacques Dernier:
J. J. Feild as James Montgomery Falsworth:
Release
El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California before the movie’s world premiere.

The world premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger was held on July 19, 2011, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.The film was also screened at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 21, 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger was commercially released in the United States and Canada on July 22, 2011.

Paramount opted against altering the American-centric title when distributing to foreign territories, instead offering international markets a choice between the official title and the alternative The First Avenger. Many international distributors chose to retain the original title, believing the franchise name is more identifiable than the alternative and they would otherwise risk losing ticket sales. Three countries chose the alternative title: Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine. An “insider” speaking to The New York Times described the reasoning behind the name change in these countries as stemming from cultural and political concerns, though Marvel and Paramount both declined to state an official reason. Additionally, the film may not be released in China due to a policy that allows only 20 foreign films to be screened in the country per year.

Box office

Captain America: The First Avenger opened on July 22, 2011, in the United States and earned $4 million in midnight showings, outgrossing other 2011 original superhero movies like Thor and Green Lantern as well as the prequel X-Men: First Class, which all did between $3.25 million and $3.5 million in Friday midnights.On Friday, the film opened at the number one spot at the American and Canadian box office with $25.7 million. It then went on to make $65.1 million, which was the second highest-grossing opening weekend for a superhero film in 2011 behind Thor ($65.7 million).As of August 16, 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger has grossed $159.8 million in the U.S.A and Canada as well as $134.5 million internationally for a combined total of $294.3 million worldwide.

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