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Summer in February

This weekend's box office grosses look like the numbers you'd find in late July or early August. Ghost Rider grossed a whopping $44 million, proving Sony Pictures did the right thing by not screening the movie for critics (even Harry Knowles slaughtered it).

Disney's Bridge to Terabithia came in second with $22 million, while Eddie Murphy's widely reviled Norbit placed a respectable third, bringing its cumulative gross to $59 million. Who needs Oscar gold when you've got the real thing?

Even Pan's Labyrinth has been raking it in, subtitles and all, selling another $2 million worth of tickets for total earnings of $30 million to date. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's record gross of $128 million - the highest for any foreign-language film in the U.S. - is still a ways off.

Panslabyrinth7_large But Pan's Labyrinth has already dethroned Like Water For Chocolate to become the highest-grossing Spanish-language film in the U.S. of all time. Plus something tells me there's at least one Oscar in director Guillermo Del Toro's immediate future.


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