Box Office Shocker: 'Now You See Me' Crosses $100 Million Overseas
Summit's $75 million magician heist pic has earned roughly $235 million worldwide, more than big-budget tentpoles "The Lone Ranger" and "White House Down."
Casting a spell on moviegoers worldwide, Louis Leterrier's caper-thriller Now You See Me has quietly raced past the $100 million mark at the international box office, pushing its worldwide total to a stellar $234.9 million through Tuesday.
The Summit Entertainment movie is bound to be one of the most profitable films of summer, considering it cost $75 million to produce, with much of the budget financed through foreign presales.
In the movie, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson play gifted magicians lured into a bank robbery. The international cast also includes Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Jose Garcia and Melanie Laurent. Released over Memorial Day weekend in North America, Now You See Me's domestic total is $115.6 million.
The movie continues to roll out overseas, opening in France last weekend to $6.2 million, one of the best numbers of the year for an English-language film (France is Leterrier's home country). All told, Now You See Me has earned $119.3 million overseas through Tuesday.
Russia and surrounding Baltic states lead with $21.2 million, followed by the U.K. with $15.4 million and Spain with $7.3 million. Now You See Me also is doing well in Latin America, where Brazil alone has ponied up $6.5 million, and Asia. The movie has yet to open in Australia, Japan and China.
The strong performance of Now You See Me -- an example of the sort of midrange pic that many Hollywood studios have abandoned in favor of more pricey tentpoles -- is all the more impressive considering it has outgrossed several big-budget summer event titles, including The Lone Ranger ($175.6 million) and White House Down ($125.1 million).