Lionsgate’s magic-themed heist thriller was a domestic hit but its foreign performance has been even better
“Now You See Me” has cemented its status as one of the summer’s biggest box office success stories, crossing the $200 million mark at the international box office over the weekend, the film’s distributor Lionsgate said Monday.
Summit’s tale of larcenous illusionists raised eyebrows when it cleared $100 million domestically — it’s at $117 million now — but the international performance of the $75 million thriller has been even more impressive. It still has openings in Japan (Oct. 25) and China to come, too. It’s worldwide total is $317 million.
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Directed by Louis Leterier, “Now You See Me” features an ensemble cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher.
With “The Purge” and “Man of Steel,” it’s one of just three summer movies that has generated a sequel.
Leterier’s home country, France, has been the biggest contributor to the foreign success of “Now You See Me,” with $23 million, followed by Russia with $21 million. The U.K. ($16 million) was also significant, along with Mexico, Spain and Australia, all at around $13 million.