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For the second week in a row, Marvel’s Ghost Rider took the number one spot at the box office raking in an additional $19.7 million. This is a huge drop of 56.6% from a week ago. Back in the day a drop of more than 20% was considered a box office failure (Jurassic Park 2 anyone?). However, the marketing gurus are spinning this to say the movie is doing even better than the box office indicates.

If you compare Ghost Rider’s $78.6 million (domestic) to date total, it already passed the total box office for Constantine, and some are speculating if Ghost Rider is able to continue, it could pass Daredevil. Interestingly, the world wide take for the flick is now up to $118 million.

I’m still on the fence on deciding whether to see this film or not. I haven’t been to the theatre in a long time, mainly because of other time commitments, but also because there hasn’t been that much worth seeing. Do I blow my movie money on Ghost Rider or wait for something better?

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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2 Comments

  1. February 26, 2007 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    My ten cents? I’d say see it, with an open mind.

    I’ve only gotten two types of response to this one: Reasoned criticism why it sucks, based on years of Ghost Rider history and comics, and the visceral “It was awesome!” If you go in expecting the Ghost Rider from comics, or expecting them to launch a franchise that could LEAD to the Ghost Rider from comics, I think you’ll be disappointed. If you go in expecting an exciting action movie with some weird metaphysical stuff in it, and a few bang ’em ups, I think you’ll be fine.

    Of course, *I* haven’t seen it yet, so I’m just going with my instincts.

  2. February 26, 2007 at 10:09 pm — Reply

    I finally caught Ghost Rider this past Saturday and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. The origin and exposition was well done (cough cough FF) and it was apparent that Nic Cage enjoyed himself in bringing Johnny Blaze to the screen. The initial GR transformation was intense and the CGI was believable. I had fun watching this, and will more than likely pick up the DVD. My only problem with these Marvel U movies are the fact that no one ever acknowledges the other superheroes.

    My only beef is that you never hear the news folk, police, politicians say … “Hey this is kinda like that Spider guy in NYC, and that vigilante down in Florida”. WTF?!? Just because the properties are owned by different companies doesn’t mean that each movie is standalone and not part of a greater continuity.

    …. anyway it was fun and had awesome trailers ahead of it: Grindhouse, Spiderman 3, Resident Evil: Extinction, and 300

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