Despite most critics essentially calling it a flaming turd, Sony’s Ghost Rider easily crushed the competition at the box office this weekend, taking in a staggering $51.5 million. Unbelievably, That total surpasses opening weekend numbers for iconic superhero movies like Batman Begins and the original X-Men movie. Ghost Rider has always been a third-tier Marvel Comics character at best, but that didn’t stop audiences from flocking to the theaters during the President’s Day weekend to see Nicholas Cage in a bad wig riding a motorcycle with his head on fire. I haven’t seen it yet, but it only has a 23% freshness rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, and Harry Knowles said watching it was “like running up a hill to smell a bucket of shit”. Look for my review Thursday or Friday.