I can’t even remember the last time Nicolas Cage was in a movie that actually made money. (Well, in 2004, he did star in that pic National Treasure. The sequel comes out later this year.) That’s a career which has been in big, big trouble after back-to-back box office disappointments like The Wicker Man, World Trade Center, The Weather Man, Lord of War, Matchstick Men, Windtalkers, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and so on. And let’s not even mention that huge bomb The Ant Bully which featured his voice work. So before Cage orders a hit on Richard Lovett, I can report that Nic is about to have a modest hit. The movie is Marvel / Sony’s Ghost Rider, and my box office gurus tell me it’s going to have a good opening of $35+ million for the four-day President’s holiday weekend after it was moved off its original summer date. (The trailers look great. On the other hand, money guys tell me the pic cost $150 mil… Ouch.) The big question is what’s opening the film: the comic book, or Cage? (I think we all know the answer to that one…) I’ll say this for the pic: that hilariously inappropriate hairpiece Cage has on his head makes him look 10 years younger.
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