'Ghost Rider' edges out '23' at Friday b.o.


Sony Pictures' "Ghost Rider" held on to the top spot at the domestic boxoffice, outdistancing the new Jim Carrey psychological thriller "The Number 23" in a close race.

"Ghost Rider's" estimated Friday haul was $5.9 million according to the boxoffice tracking site boxoffice mojo.com, bringing its one-week gross to $64.9 million.

The comic book-based actioner starring Nicolas Cage was tested in its second weekend lap by New Line Cinema's "The Number 23," which garnered $5.8 million in its first day of release on 2,759 theatres, compared to 3,620 for "Ghost Rider." "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jim Carrey, follows a man who becomes obsessed with an obscure book that he is convinced is based on hits own life.

Coming in third place Friday was 20th Century Fox's "Reno 911! Miami." The big-screen adaptation of the Comedy Central series took in $4.2 million in 2,702 theatres.

Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's "Bridge to Terabithia," being distributed by Buena Vista, dropped to fourth place Friday with an estimated take of $3.5 million. The children's fantasy picture, adapted from the Katerine Paterson novel, has grossed $36.2 million since bowing last week.

In fifth place, Paramount's release of DreamWorks' "Norbit" brought in $2.9 million, bringing its two-week haul to $67.9 million.

In other debuts Friday, Warner Bros.' "The Astronaut Farmer," starring Billy Bob Thornton as a farmer who builds a rocket in hhis barn, bought in $1.3 million in 2,155 theatres. And IDP Distribution's "Amazing Grace" garnered $1.4 million on 791 screens. The film, starring Ioan Gruffudd, follows William Wilberforce's efforts to end slavery in 18th century England.