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Ghost Rider Still On Top

Despite slipping 55% leading up to the Academy Awards on Sunday, Sony's GHOST RIDER (with vfx from Sony Pictures Imageworks) remained number one at the box office for the second consecutive week. For the week ended Feb. 25, 2007, the Marvel comic adaptation with Nicolas Cage scored $20M for a cume of $79M. Debuting in second place with $14.6M was THE NUMBER 23, the thriller from New Line starring Jim Carey (with vfx by Intelligent Creatures). Slipping to third in its second week was Buena Vista's BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (with vfx from Weta Digital), which took home $14.1M and now has $46.8M. Fox's RENO 911!: MIAMI opened in fourth with $10.2M. Paramount/DreamWorks' NORBIT (with vfx from Digital Dimension) followed in fifth with $9.8M for a three-week cume of $74.7M. Sixth place belonged to Warner Bros.' MUSIC AND LYRICS, with $7.6M and a two-week cume of $31.7M. Universal's BREACH (with vfx by Mr. X) settled for the seventh spot with $5.9M and a two-week cume of $20.3M. Lionsgate's TYLER PERRY'S DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS took eighth place with $4.8M and a two-week cume of $25.1M. And two newcomers debuted in ninth and 10th: Warner Bros.' THE ASTRONAUT FARMER, which went into orbit with $4.4M (with vfx from Warner Bros. Animation, Cafe FX and Pacific Title), and IDP's AMAZING GRACE, which collected $4M.

And in its second outing, THE 2006 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS from Magnolia Pictures, added $69,055 in the 45th spot for a two-week cume of $240,110 and a per-screen average of $ 2,466.

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Bill Desowitz, former editor of VFXWorld, is currently the Crafts Editor of IndieWire.