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Week in review: 'Ghost Rider's' back; challenges of 'This Means War'

February 17, 2012 |  4:21 pm

It's been five years since 'Ghost Rider' caught fire at the box office, earning $115 million when it opened in February 2007. The sequel debuts today, and the lag time hasn't seemed to dampen audiences' enthusiasm for the Marvel property. And while its star Nic Cage often has a spotty track record, his role as Johnny Blaze seems still to be a winner, enough so to outshine the box office lure of Reese Witherspoon, who appears alongside up-and-coming young actors Chris Pine and Tom Hardy in the McG action-romance "This Means War."

Times reporters Nicole Sperling and Steve Zeitchik discuss the marketing challenges of the Witherspoon comedy and the strange career of Cage.


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Photo credit: A scene from "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." (Columbia Pictures-Sony) 

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