Ghost Rider

Hopes to Burn Competition

Box Office Preview: ‘Ghost Rider’ Hopes to Burn Competition Over Presidents Day Weekend

Action could trump romance post-Valentine’s Day as Nicolas Cage sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance looks to dominate the long Presidents Day weekend.

Domestic box-office observers believe the Sony action pic, based on the Marvel Comics character, could open to $35 million through Monday, a holiday. Sony co-financed and co-produced the film with Hyde Park Entertainment.

Hollywood is hoping for another strong weekend at the domestic office, which has prospered this year after a dismal 2011. Attendance is up nearly 15 percent year to date, while revenue is up more than 14 percent.