Is Nicolas Cage loosing his clout?

Right up front I’ll admit that I√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m actually a Nicolas Cage fan. I think he gets a bad rap from a lot of people, which is really unfortunate when you consider how many untalented actors there are in films today. However, it seems that lately, even when the critics love his movies (Adaptation, Matchstick Men) and like him in them, the general movie going audience aren’t dropping their money to see them. Adaptation was brilliant, but no one saw it. From all accounts, Matchstick Men is really good, but now in it’s 3rd week of release it’s only managed to pull in about $23 million. Windtalkers just bombed, and no one gave Captain Corelli’s Mandolin the time of day. What gives? Is it the movies? Is it him?

Cage is slated to appear in the comic book movie “Ghost Rider” in 2005. Perhaps appealing to a younger audience will rejuvinate his career.