In Theaters: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance', 'This Means War', 'Arrietty'

Last weekend, all four of the new wide releases made over $20 million at the box office, with the top two, The Vow and Safe House, making over $40 million each. Not a bad weekend at the office, if I do say so myself.

The question is now, will that box office bump carry over to this weekend? Let's take a look at this week's opening movies and find out.

In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Nicolas Cage is back to play the hot-headed biker Johnny Blaze, someone who can't be accused of having no fire in his eyes.

While hiding out in Romania, Blaze finds that he must once again give in to his alter ego in order to rescue a boy from the devil.

As you probably are aware, Cage's recent string of movies didn't exactly light the critics on fire nor did they perform well at the domestic box office. Can Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance break that streak?

It seems unlikely.

The movie was not screened for critics in the States, but critics over in the UK have seen the movie. Their opinion is that the movie a boring and chaotic mess that makes the 2007 original look good by comparison.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has a Tomatometer of 10% at Rotten Tomatoes and is on track to be one of Cage's worst reviewed movies.

The good news is that the movie is projected to take the number one spot at the box office this President's Day weekend, making somewhere between $30-$35 million over four days. Whether or not it can surpass its $75 million budget in the States remains to be seen.

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play CIA agents who will duel it out for Reese Witherspoon's affection in This Means War.

Depending on how one looks at the movie, it's either an action movie with rom-com bits thrown in or a rom-com with heavy doses of action elements.

No matter. The movie didn't work as either one, according to the critics. This Means War currently has a Tomatometer of 26% and is projected to come in either fourth or fifth at the box office, making somewhere between $18-$19 million over the four day weekend.

Mary Norton's children fantasy novel The Borrowers gets the Studio Ghibli treatment in The Secret World of Arrietty.

Like others of her ilk, 14-year-old Arrietty lives in the homes of humans, just out of their eyesight. During one of her excursions to procure some necessities, she is discovered by a human boy. From then on, the two developed a deep friendship.

While the movie is not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, critics say The Secret World of Arrietty has all the trademarks of his films. That shouldn't come as a surprise since he wrote the screenplay.

The Secret World of Arrietty has a Tomatometer of 92% and is projected to make between $6-$7 million over the four day weekend.

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