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'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/07


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  • 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/07

    'Ghost Rider' blazes to $15.25 mil Fri

    By Gregg Kilday
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Feb 18, 2007

    Sony Pictures' "Ghost Rider" burned up the boxoffice Friday. Director Mark Steven Johnson's adaptation of the motorcycle-riding Marvel Comics hero starring Nicolas Cage took off with estimated domestic gross boxoffice receipts of $15.25 million, according to the boxoffice tracking site, boxoffice

    Another fantasy film, albeit one aimed at younger audiences, Buena Vista's "Bridge to Terabithia," bowed in second place. Director Gabor Csupo's adaptation of the book by Katherine Paterson, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, attracted an estimated $6.2 million.

    "Norbit," Paramount Pictures' release of the DreamWorks comedy starring Eddie Murphy, shifted from first place last weekend to the third spot on Friday. It grabbed an estimated $4.3 million for the day.

    Warner Bros. Pictures' romantic comedy, "Music and Lyrics," starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, held down fourth position, with an estimated $4.2 million.

    From Lionsgate, "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls," which, like "Music," first bowed on Wednesday, registered a fifth place showing Friday with an estimated $2.975 million.

    Universal Picture's "Breach," in which Chris Cooper plays spy Robert Hanssen, bowed in sixth place with an estimated $2.92 million.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/0

    Riding High

    Joshua Rich's weekend wrap-up: Nicholas Cage's new superhero flick rides to the top;
    meanwhile, ''Bridge to Terabithia'' debuts at a surprising No. 2


    By Joshua Rich
    Joshua Rich is a staff writer for EW
    February 18, 2007

    Nicolas Cage's comic book adaptation Ghost Rider zoomed into theaters and came out a big winner, scoring the best Presidents Day weekend opening ever with $44.5 million from Friday to Sunday, according to early estimates (final numbers for the four-day holiday period will be available on Tuesday). Fueled by an audience that was nearly two-thirds male, the Marvel-based flick averaged a hefty $12,296 per theater and gave Cage the No. 1 premiere of his career, beating National Treasure's $35.1 mil bow. What's more, Ghost Rider's debut figure ranks among those of the top-earning superhero movies (it's on par with Batman Returns' $45.7 mil), and it helped boost overall grosses, making this the first ''up'' weekend of 2007.

    All of which, as it happens, was pretty much expected. (Indeed — back-pat time! —'s box office savant predicted it.)

    More of a surprise, however, was the super-strong $22.1 mil debut of the weekend's No. 2 film, Bridge to Terabithia. Buoyed by a very good A- CinemaScore from audiences that were, also surprisingly, nearly evenly divided between males and females and young and old people, the movie's debut exceeded those of recent family flicks like Flicka ($7.7 mil), Charlotte's Web ($11.5 mil), Curious George ($14.7 mil), and the last Presidents Day champ, Eight Below ($20.2 mil).,,20012268,00.html
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Re: 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/0

      I saw it yesterday night, it was amazing.

      .. a dream is a wish your heart makes


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        Re: 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/0

        Out of curiosity, I am wondering what the screen count on Terrabirthia was in comparison to Ghost Rider..
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          Re: 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/0

          'Ghost Rider' rolls into top spot

          Comic adaptation takes in $51.5 million

          'Ghost Rider' rolls into the top spot.

          By Ian Mohr
          February 19, 2007

          "Ghost Rider," the bigscreen comicbook adaptation from Sony and Marvel, rolled into the No. 1 spot at the domestic B.O. Monday morning as the biggest-ever Presidents Day weekend debut with $51.5 million.

          Frame was yet another in which auds largely focused on studio spectacles rather than the crop of Oscar-nommed pics still playing in theaters.

          "Ghost" performed more like a summer popcorn pic than a first-quarter rollout: Despite being skewered by critics, "Ghost" -- starring Nicolas Cage as supernatural stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze -- saw the year's biggest bow so far.

          By crossing over to a wide spectrum of auds, the seemingly male-skewing pic handily led a busy weekend in which five new wide rollouts entered the fray. But while "Ghost" stole the show, other pics also made out well.
          Extended four-day weekend numbers for the top 10 pics spiked to $165.5 million, up from $105.9 million a year ago, and the frame was the biggest Presidents Day weekend ever.

          "Ghost" scared up its socko take from 3,619 theaters for a per-theater average of $14,230 over the four-day frame.

          Money-minting mark surpassed that of the studio's "50 First Dates," an Adam Sandler comedy that previously held the Prexy Day record with $45.1 million over four days in 2004.

          Among other new releases, Disney and Walden Media's bigscreen kidlit adaptation "Bridge to Terabithia" debuted in second, flying to $29 million over four days. Bow was the highest in February for a Mouse House pic, surpassing that of family adventure "Eight Below," which iced $25 million just over a year ago.

          "Terabithia" scored a plump per-engagement average of $7,032 as the frame's second widest new rollout in 3,139 theaters.

          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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            Re: 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/0

            Ghost Rider to Cage's Rescue

            by Joal Ryan
            E! News
            Mon, 19 Feb 2007 01:58:49 PM PST

            How does a star reignite a career? Sometimes all it takes is a flaming skull, cool choppers and Eva Mendes' cleavage.

            Certainly, the combination worked wonders for Nicolas Cage with his skull-, chopper- and cleavage-graced Ghost Rider burning up the four-day holiday-weekend box office with a hot $51.5 million, according to estimates Monday from Exhibitor Relations.

            The debut figured to put Cage on track for his biggest hit since 2004's National Treasure and help ease the sting of flops such as 2005's The Weather Man and 2006's The Wicker Man.

            Ghost Rider stars Cage as a jelly-bean-noshing, Elvis-drawling daredevil—think Evel Knievel, minus the jelly beans and the drawl—whose head turns into a flaming skull when the moon comes out at night on account of he once sort-of, accidentally sold his soul to Peter Fonda. Mendes and her cleavage costar as Cage's love interest.

            Reviews were not kind. Business was.

            The movie opened with $15.3 million on Friday and kept right on rolling. From Friday to Sunday alone, Ghost Rider scored an estimated $45 million, easily the year's biggest three-day gross to date. From Friday-Monday, it helped power the box office to the biggest President's Day weekend ever, Exhibitor Relations said.

            Among comic-book movies—Ghost Rider's based on the 1973-debuting Marvel series—Cage's three-day opening ranks alongside the likes of Batman Returns ($45.7 million in 1992), and outranks the likes of Daredevil ($40.3 million in 2003), per Box Office Mojo stats. The record for all-time-biggest comic-book movie debut belongs, still, to Spider-Man, which snared an epic $114.8 million in 2002.

            As good as things got for Ghost Rider, the flick left enough money on the table for the family fantasy Bridge to Terabithia (second place, $22.5 million Friday-Sunday; $29 million Friday-Monday) to enjoy a strong debut.
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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              Re: 'Ghost Rider' fires up Friday with $15.25 million - The Hollywood Reporter 2/18/0

              On a side note, some Marvel investors are complaining about the 51 mil pull in for Ghost Rider... They where hoping for something above 60... It had a price tag of 110 milion... To which all I have to say is, its February... Those are pretty darn good numbers for February...
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