April 20, 2014

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“The Vow” and “Safe House” fend off “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It was yet another ‘photo-finish’ at the box office over this President’s Day weekend, but as always, it’s the hard numbers rather than the arbitrary rankings that matter. But since we need to decide which movies to discuss first, in order we shall go! For the moment, it appears that Safe House will top the charts in its second weekend after barely missing the top slot last weekend. It grossed $23.9 million over the Fri-Sun weekend and $28 million over the holiday. Safe House will have grossed $82 million by Monday, a rather huge total for Mr. Washington. In just eleven days, Safe House is Washington’s 7th-biggest grosser, out-grossing such films as Training Day ($76 million), Man On Fire ($77 million), and Unstoppable ($81 million). Barring a complete collapse, Safe House should become Denzel Washington’s fifth $100 million grosser over the next weekend, with an outside shot of eclipsing the $130 million gross of American Gangster, which is currently his top grosser. While we can debate how much credit co-star Ryan Reynolds gets for this one (he certainly didn’t hurt…), Safe House is already his fourth-biggest grosser and will likely out-gross Green Lantern’s $116 million total in a few weeks. I’m frankly shocked at the strong legs for this one, as it’s certainly one of Washington’s worst genre entries in a long career with a number of solid adult-skewing action pictures (it looks like it was shot through a puke filter and edited in a blender, plus the script is so generic it could have been written in a Mad Libs book). Still, star-power is a rare thing these days, and Denzel Washington clearly has it.
So does Channing Tatum and, in the right project, Rachel McAdams, so it will be interesting to see how The Vow’s popularity affect next month’s 21 Jump Street. The Vow is estimated to gross around $23.6 million for the Fri-Sun period and $27.4 million for the Fri-Sun period. No matter who ends up on top, both films exhibited strong holds. With $89 million by Monday, The Vow is already Screen Gems’s highest grossing film ever, topping the $80 million total of Dear John. The 43% drop for The Vow is slightly smaller than the 47% drop for Dear John, but the new film was bolstered by a [...]

“Ghost Rider” sequel drops poster, new trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: UPDATE! The first official teaser trailer for Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is online and posted, below!

From earlier:
Nicolas Cage returns to the demonic role of Johnny Blaze, the motorcycle-riding Marvel superhero who embarks on a new adventure against the devil in Eastern Europe. Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth co-star in this sequel, which we are expecting to be a gonzo as Neveldine and Taylor’s “Crank” films … because we know that Cage has the ability to crank it up to 11 when necessary.
We’ll have the trailer on the site once it hits. The film reaches theaters in 3D and 2D theaters next year. Until then, SuperheroHype has the film’s new poster. It’s below:

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Nicolas Cage’s paycheck is just one budget cut on ‘Ghost Rider 2′

HollywoodNews.com: Turns out “Ghost Rider” has to buy a cheaper motorcycle.
It was reported today that “Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance,” the sequel to the 2007 Marvel comic book film, has had its budget cut from $135 million to $75 million.
This is odd considering that A.) The sequel continues to star Nicolas Cage and B.) The first installment was an uber success making $229 million off a $110 million budget.
In addition, “Ghost Rider” was a big Presidents’ Day holiday opener, pulling in $52 million over four days.
“Crank” duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are directing the superhero film in 3D per the Wrap. Cage is also taking a pay cut, reducing his check from $12 million to $7 million.
The follow-up, to be released on February 17, 2012 stars Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth and Christopher Lambert.
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“Ghost Rider” sequel gets 2012 release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m an Aquarius. My birthday’s Feb. 17. In 2012, I’m getting a “Ghost Rider” sequel.
Nicolas Cage will be back in the saddle playing Johnny Blaze, a stunt cyclist who trades his soul to the devil and becomes a fire-blazing vigilante. It didn’t set the box office on fire, earning $115 million in the U.S. and $228M worldwide. But Sony needed to go ahead with a sequel before Nov. 14 or forfeit the rights to the character back to Marvel. So a new film has been greenlit.
Tentatively titled “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” the sequel will be shot in 3-D and, according to Box Office Mojo, arrive in theaters on Feb. 17, 2012. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (“Crank”) will direct. Right now, only Cage is set to return, though Eva Mendes easily could reprise her role as love interest Roxanne Simpson.
No word on who will be Ghost Rider’s nemesis in the sequel. We’ll bring you as much information we can find on the sequel as it develops.
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Nicholas Cage confirms “Ghost Rider” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Didn’t stay up to watch “The Late, Late Show” with Craig Ferguson? Neither did we.
But an insomniac scooper watched Nicolas Cage plugging Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” last night and walked away with some “Ghost Rider” sequel news, which they promptly sent to ComingSoon.net.
“There’s gonna be a new one,” Cage said to Ferguson, right after he was presented with a model of a flaming skull, “I just made the deal today.”
Cage reportedly confirmed that that “Crank” collaborators Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor will helm the sequel.
That’s good news, as I thought original “Ghost Rider” director Mark Steven Johnson (“Daredevil”) watered down a cool concept, which of course was adapted from the long-running Marvel Comics series.
So Cage will be back on the “Ghost Rider” motorcycle. Who will he fight? When will we see it? Stay tuned for more details.
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