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BOX-OFFICE SUCCESS: Ghost Rider
BOX-OFFICE SUCCESS: Ghost Rider

RAKESH MEHAR

Latest in the genre, `Ghost Rider' is releasing today across the country.

Who would have thought that a stunt motorcyclist with a flaming skull, collecting evil souls for the devil, would be a successful movie venture? Especially so, when the movie received a resounding two thumbs down from most critics. Despite reservations, `Ghost Rider' (releasing across the country today), Nicholas Cage's pet project that combines the actor's love of motorcycles and his childhood fascination for the character of Ghost Rider, has done exceedingly well at the box office and hauled in close to $ 45 millions on its opening weekend in U.S. Written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, (who has also worked on `Elektra' and `Daredevil'), the film that also stars Eva Mendes and Peter Fonda, is just the latest step in a renaissance of the comic-books-to-movies genre that began in the late 1990s; a renaissance that is credited to advancements in CGI and other forms of special effects technology. Suddenly, in the last decade or so, the superheroes from both the Marvel and DC universes have begun to be depicted on screen in a manner that befits the original comic book versions. Most directors of the genre choose an original story on lesser known characters such as `Daredevil,' `Elektra' and now `Ghost Rider.'With comic-books-turned-films on the rise (on the cards are `Dark Knight' sequel to `Batman Begins,' a `Ghost Rider' sequel Wonder Woman and a whole lot more), one hopes that quantity will eventually lead to quality.


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