Flame on! Blazing past a review-free opening, GHOST RIDER raced to the #1 spot at the box office:
Sony’s Marvel comic adaptation “Ghost Rider” revved an estimated $44.5 million over the first three days of the extended President’s Day frame, easily taking No. 1 at the domestic B.O. and becoming the biggest opening of the year so far.
Studio was estimating Sunday morning that the pic could roll to $51 million over four days, which would make it the biggest President’s Day opening ever, surpassing Adam Sandler comedy “50 First Dates,” (which hit $45.1 million over four days in 2004).
The PG-13 “Ghost Rider” played 3,619 locations as the frame’s widest new release. Pic stars Nicolas Cage as supernatural cyclist Johnny Blaze, and numbers could conceivably spell a new franchise for the studio, though Sony brass wouldn’t comment on that possibility.
As reviews have trickled out, Rotten Tomatoes has the film rated at a mere 25% positive, but…well, it’s Ghost Rider, ya know.