Actor Nicolas Cage believes that his 2007 superhero film "Ghost Rider" would have been a hit if it was made and released in the present era.
The 54-year-old actor told Yahoo Entertainment that an R-rated "Ghost Rider", made on the lines of "Deadpool", would be "enormously successful" today.
"Had 'Ghost Rider' been made in R-rated format, the way they had the guts to do with 'Deadpool', and they did it again today, I'm fairly certain it would be enormously successful," Cage said.
Upon its debut, Cage's film was panned by the critics and grossed USD 115 million in the US against a USD 110 million budget
Cage, however, insists that the 2007 film and its 2012 sequel, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance", did well post its box office run.
"I still think the movies were a hit. People don't look at the subsidiary outlets, like DVD and streaming and whatnot. When you look at what (directors) Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor did (on 'Spirit of Vengeance') for USD 50 million, and they got a USD 250 million return, you begin to see the genius of the sequel," he said.
The actor also admitted that the films never guaranteed any box office success.
"The problem is, it's very hard to take a family of children to a movie — and they made it a PG-13 movie — about a superhero who, oh, by the way, also happens to have sold his soul to Satan," Cage said.
"(It's not the) most commercial concept or vehicle. But it certainly is the most interesting, and the most thought-provoking. I think if you look back on the movies today, they age well," he added.