Looks like this Superman is, indeed, made of steel (and money). Despite lukewarm reviews, Man of Steel earned $113.1 million and the biggest June box office opening of all time this weekend. Seth Rogen's apocalyptic comedy, This Is the End, came in second by a wide margin, with $20.5 million. Now You See Me stayed steady in third place with $10.3 million, Fast & Furious 6 earned $9.4 million, and last week's No. 1, The Purge, took in $8.2 million. And in its very limited release (just five theaters), The Bling Ring opened with $210,000.
The small-budget horror movie The Purge took down box office behemoth Fast & Furious 6 this weekend, raking in $36.4 million in its opening weekend. Don't cry for Vin Diesel, though: the runner-up added $19.8 million to its growing domestic total of $202.9 million. (Though Star Trek Into Darkness fell just shy of placing in the top five, it also passed the $200 million mark this weekend.) Now You See Me earned $19.5 million in third place, while Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's The Internship placed fourth and opened to a paltry $18.1 million. Epic rounded out the top five with $12.1 million.
Starring Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson, Now You See Me has surprised everyone at the box office with a much bigger opening weekend than expected. The movie centers around a group of magicians who use their tricks to pull off a major bank heist. David Kwong, head magic consultant for the movie, stopped by our studio to talk about working with the cast and even taught us a special magic trick. Get out your cards and learn with us!
Not that I can blame them, but audiences just can't get enough of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Fast & Furious 6 made $34.5 million in its second weekend of release, keeping the new releases from ranking in the top spot. Magic film Now You See Me came in second with $28 million, besting Will Smith's highly publicized sci-fi movie, After Earth, which took in $27 million. Star Trek Into Darkness and Epic tied for fourth and fifth place, each earning $16.4 million.
Planning on going to the movies this weekend? If you're in the mood for a futuristic action flick, go with After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith. If a combination of magic and crime is your thing, check out Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco. Take a look at all the pictures of both and let us know which you'll be seeing!
In Now You See Me, four magicians (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco) use their skills to rob banks and wealthy bank accounts — and their magic touch leaves a detective (Mark Ruffalo) on their trail and just trying to keep up. The heist movie may not be on your radar as a must-see yet, but it should be — the action flick is a cool-looking, highly entertaining adventure. Here are the reasons why you shouldn't miss Now You See Me.
The plot seems pretty straightforward from the trailer, but there are twists galore. To say much more might take away some of the fun, so suffice it to say that there is a lot going on — and plenty of surprises you won't see coming. Sure, at the end you may notice some plot holes, but you'll have had too much fun to care.
The Spellbinding Ensemble Cast
Fisher, Eisenberg, Franco, and Harrelson have good chemistry as the Four Horsemen, the stage name of their troupe. It may be an action thriller, but Now You See Me is still light, thanks to the cast's subtle humor and the script's wit. While the Horsemen often have the spotlight, it's Ruffalo's character who we spend the most time with as he tries to figure out how the magicians are tricking the world. While Ruffalo's character is much more straight-laced than we're used to seeing him, he still brings that signature charm, even when he's frustrated and being left in the dust.
Get the other two reasons after the jump.
Woody Harrelson stars in this weekend's Now You See Me as Merritt, a mentalist who uses his hypnotism skills to impress (and sometimes earn a few ill-gotten bucks). I chatted with Harrelson about his role in the film and and whether or not he actually hypnotized Mark Ruffalo in real life! Watch to hear the compliments he showers on his costars, along with how curious he is about another of his upcoming films: Catching Fire.
In Now You See Me, Dave Franco plays one of the "four horsemen" — a troupe of four magicians with their own special skills. I sat down with Franco to talk about the film, and he confessed that his role as Jack, the youngest of the group, mirrored how he felt about being in the ensemble of actors he's admired for a long time, including Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher. Watch the very energetic actor gush about his costars, talk about his nasty onscreen fights with Mark Ruffalo, and show off the very impressive new trick he learned while shooting.
Isla Fisher stars as the lone female magician in a group of performers in Now You See Me, but when we talked to her about the role recently, she said she didn't feel isolated at all. In fact, she was inspired to learn the history of other female magicians. But the actress was impressive herself, too: for one of the movie's key scenes, Fisher says she did her own stunts! Watch her interview to hear more and to find out which of her costars ended up learning the best magic trick.