'Ghost Rider' blazes to $15.25 mil Fri.


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 mojo.com.

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.