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Ghost Rider Stalls at Box Office

Despite early predictions that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance would coast to an easy box-office victory, the Nicolas Cage sequel sputtered during Presidents Day Weekend, finishing third behind Safe House and The Vow.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures’ Spirit of Vengeance grossed an estimated $22 million, 52 percent less than the first Ghost Rider‘s $45.5 million opening during the same weekend in 2007. Today’s receipts should bring the figure to $25.5 million, short of the $30 million to $35 million that pre-release tracking had indicated. The film, directed by Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine, cost $57 million to produce.

Safe House, the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action thriller, grossed $24 million in its second weekend (expected to inch to $28.5 million), followed closely by the Rachel McAdams-Channing Tatum romantic drama The Vow with $23.6 million ($27.4 million by the end of the day). Journey 2: Mysterious Island came in at No. 4 with $20.1 million, trailed by This Means War with $17.6 million.


  • Jim

    I don’t know why anyone had high expectations for it… the first one has a horrible reputation and the trailer looked awful. I’m surprised it made as much as it did this weekend; I saw it Saturday night (only because a friend paid for my ticket because he wanted company) and it went straight to the top of the list of worst movies I’ve ever seen. 

  • Mel

    I wonder if it had anything to do with what happened to Gary Friedrich

  • sandwich eater

    I just never bought Cage as Johnny Blaze.  He just too old; he should have played Crash Simpson or something.  They needed a young handsome actor in his 20s to play Blaze.  I haven’t seen either movie.

  • Anonymous

    Color me unsurprised. Most people were burned pretty badly by the first on.

    For a lot of people it probably looked more of the same, especially since they kept Cage.

  • Anonymous

    Highly unlikely. The amount of people who know or care enough not to buy tickets isn’t enough to prevent the movie from making another $20million to at least meet the previous films opening.

    The last film was just that much of a critical failure.

  • Matt

    You know how sometimes you tell people “if you have seen the trailer you’ve seen the whole movie” well thats ghost rider exactly! I’m not exaggerating when I say that every single scene involving ghost rider was in the trailer, down to the final shot of the film.

  • WhatHuh

    I’d chalk it up to the content of the movie itself. Peeing fire, shooting hellfire out of mouth, and rumored R-Rating only to be PG-13. That alone causes a lot of viewers to turn away during a family weekend.

  • Lord Prong

    The first one doesn’t have a bad reputation at all – only fanboys have a problem with it.  And they’re in the minority.  They don’t count.  Most teenage boys (the intended target audience) loved the film.

    The thing that made this fail was the director’s big mouths that kept crapping on about how bad the first one was, and how they were going to be the saviours of the franchise.  Crank 1 & 2 are shit films directed by a couple of shitty, B-grade directors.  It was inevitable their egos were going to make them fuck up. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what movie you’re talking about, Prong… but the first GR does indeed have a very bad reputation – for being a terrible movie. And not just for whiny, overly-anal fanboys, but for movie critics and pretty much everyone else who isn’t a 15-year old male. Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb have all trashed the movie, and deservedly so. It eventually was able to recoup its filming/advertising budget after international and DVD sales, but how a sequel for GR actually got made will be a mystery for years to come. It’s unbelievable that this POS got a $60 million filming/advertising budget when so many other great comic book characters haven’t even had a crack at their first movie.

  • Lord Prong

    Hence my statement – targeted audience = teenage boys.  What you and the critics thought of the first one was redundant as it wasn’t made for you or them.  Ask any teenager and most will say they liked GR.  It’s the same braindead audience that watches Transformers and Fast and Furious.

    IMO the first film was pretty appropriate as it was exactly the same trashy quality presented by the comic.  Say what you will but GR has never been a good or well written comic.  Both movies reflect the comic accurately.