It's been ages since I heard Nic Cage's name in a sensible title. Although, the movie seems far from it. After going through a series of two average grossers The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) and Drive Angry 3-D (2011), and with a better box office grosser Season of the Witch (2011). Nic will play a 'badass' superhero in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Of course he would want to take 'vengeance' on the box office due to the lack of success of his previous releases.
I had the courtesy of watching his last two movies Trespass, which was stupid fun, and Seeking Justice which was the epitome of dull and boring put together. For Ghost Rider 2 Nic was paid 7,500,000 dollars and the movie has been made on a $75 million budget compared to Ghost Rider (2007)'s $110,000 budget. The last part made $237,000,000 worldwide although fans disapproved of Cage's portraying Johnny Blaze and critics gave it a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.
But people listen Nic's a great actor. He has played so many different characters in over two decades and if anyone is to blamed for the film it's David S. Goyer who produced it but left the screenwriting to Mark Steven Johnson, the director. Personally, I thought the story was good and the stunts were carried out fantastically, but after the first half hour the film fell flat of its charm. The final action scenes were too predictable and boring, and the ending was a surprise as it plain sucked. Green Lantern 2011 was a deja vu of this.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is directed by Neveldine/ Taylor. They are one of my favourite duo of directors known for directing/writing Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and the flop Gamer which I personally saw as a superb action film.
So I have made an assumption of 80% that the sequel will be better than the first Rider movie. David S. Goyer has written the screenplay along with two other writers, which is a disappointment as I wished he'd write it alone like the Blade series of films. The story has been given by Goyer which is a big turn-on. And Eva Mendes is not reviving her role as the heroine, probably the producers thought she was the main reason for the film not reaching the $300m mark.
My prediction for Ghost Rider 2 is that it will certainly cross over $100m and it may ends its run with a 210m-230m. But if the movie delivers the action promised in the trailers then the 75m budget could be multiplied significantly even grossing about 300m.
It is set for a 17th Feb release in the US and the UK, and a 16th Feb release in the UAE in Digital 3-D. Who in their right minds would want to take their girlfriend out to see GR 2 on a Valentines Day? I would!