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Box office: 'Ghost Rider' sequel latest Nicolas Cage flub [Video]

February 20, 2012 |  3:21 pm

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance was a let down at the box office this weekend
Nicolas Cage suffered another setback at the box office this weekend, as "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" failed to meet industry expectations.

Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys had indicated the 3-D sequel would premiere with at least $30 million over the four-day holiday. Instead, the Denzel Washington film "Safe House" rose to No. 1 during its second weekend in theaters, collecting an additional $28.4 million. "The Vow," another holdover from last weekend, also performed well, taking the runner-up position with $26.6 million.

"Spirit of Vengeance" is the latest in a string of flops for the 48-year-old Cage, who has appeared in a whopping 14 films since the original "Ghost Rider" was released in 2007. His last three films, "Drive Angry," "Season of the Witch" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," all underperformed at the multiplex.

Why didn't audiences respond to his new movie? Check out this week's box office video report for details.


Box office: 'Safe House' surprises, 'Ghost Rider' disappoints

'Safe House': Director Daniel Espinosa doesn't take safe route

'The Vow' writers: A tale Tatum and McAdams could appreciate

— Amy Kaufman


Photo: A scene from "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." Credit: Sony Pictures.