The Marvel Comics adaptation added an estimated $19.7m to raise the tally to a highly respectable $78.7m after 10 days. The Number 23, which stars Jim Carrey as a man obsessed with numerology, grossed $15.1m, one place ahead of Bridge To Terabithia on $13.6m for $46.2m after two weekends.
Twentieth Century Fox's comedy Reno 911!: Miami opened in fourth place on $10.4m, while Paramount's Eddie Murphy vehicle Norbit slipped two places to fifth on $9.7m for $74.7m after three.
Warner Bros' romantic comedy Music And Lyrics is showing signs of premature old age and languishes in sixth place after two weekends on an underwhelming $32.1m.
The Astronaut Farmer, a lighthearted drama starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen, opened in ninth place through Warner Independent Pictures on $4.5m.
Historical drama Amazing Grace, which stars Ioan Gruffudd as the British abolitionist William Wilberforce, opened in 10th through Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions on $4.3m.
Next weekend's wide releases are: Buena Vista's comedy Wild Hogs starring John Travolta and William H Macy; Paramount's serial killer thriller Zodiac starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr; and Paramount Vantage's drama Black Snake Moan with Samuel L Jackson and Christina Ricci.
Estimated Top Ten North America Feb 23-25, 2007
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Ghost Rider (Sony) SPRI $19.7m $78.7m
2 (-) The Number 23 (New Line) NLI $15.1m -
3 (2) Bridge To Terabithia (Buena Vista) Summit $13.6m $46.2m
4 (-) Reno 911!: Miami (Fox) Fox Int'l $10.4m -
5 (3) Norbit (Paramount) PPI $9.7m $74.7m
6 (4) Music And Lyrics (Warner) WBPI $8m $32.1m
7 (6) Breach (Universal) Kimmel Intl $6.2m $20.5m
8 (5) Daddy's Little Girls (Lionsgate) Lionsgate $5.3m $25.6m
9 (-) The Astronaut Farmer (Warner Independent Pictures) Hyde Park Int'l $4.5m -
10 (-) Amazing Grace (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions)
Lakeshore Entertainment $4.3m -