Now You See Me (Summit) with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, and Mark Ruffalo beat Will and Jaden Smith’s flick, After Earth (Sony), to come in at second place in Friday’s box office earnings report.
Now You See is an impressive magician thriller by Summit that pulled a nice rabbit out of its hat by earning $10.1 million. It was produced with an $80 million budget.
That’s not bad by today’s standards, when you consider that the new M. Night Shyamalan-directed thriller, After Earth, earned only $9.8 million on Friday and late night showings Thursday. After Earth has received consistently poor reviews and it cost Sony $130 million.
Neither of these two flicks was able to beat Fast & Furious 6, which was again the top-earning movie. On its second Friday, it made $10.5 million. It’s projected to finish the weekend with about a $35 million box office take and a total earnings amount, counting last weekend, of $170 million.
In Now You See Me, four magicians –Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Hensley Reeves (Isla Fisher), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and Merritt Osbourne (Woody Harrelson) — are brought together by a mysterious benefactor.
A year later, they are famous, performing together in Las Vegas as “The Four Horsemen.” Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) is an insurance magnate who supports them.
One of their “tricks” involves teleporting a member of the audience to his bank in Paris to rob it. Once there, the man activates an airduct which vacuums up the money and then showers the L.A. audience with money.
FBI agent Dylan Rhodes, played by Mark Ruffalo, is asked to investigate the theft. His partner is Interpol Agent Alma Vargas (Melanie Laurent).
The pair of FBI agents interrogate the four magicians, but have to release them. After all, how can you arrest people for a crime when the only possible explanation for a theft is magic?
Rhodes enlists the aid of an ex-magician, Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), who now makes his living revealing the secrets of other magicians’ tricks. Bradley was in the audience and figured out exactly how the Four Horseman pulled off their crime.
I won’t reveal how the Four Horseman committed the robbery, but it’s just the start of their crime spree.
Their next show is in New Orleans, and this robbery involves them emptying Tressler’s bank account and distributing it to the audience which is made up of people whose insurance claims had been denied by Tressler’s company.
Then, for their finale, the Four Horsemen escape with help from people in the audience that they hypnotized when Rhodes attempts to arrest them.
Tressler hires Bradley to expose and humiliate the Four Horsemen in their next performance Vargas learns about rumors of a secret society of magicians called “The Eye.” He suggests to a skeptical Rhodes the case might be connected to a magician who Bradley once exposed who then attempted a dangerous underwater stunt and drowned.
I won’t reveal any more spoilers, but I’ll say that the Four Horsemen travel to New York City next. Their robberies there are even more spectacular than the previous ones. last performance is in New York City.
The movie gets even more twisted, and the person who is the benefactor of the Four Horsemen will surprise you.
Here is a trailer from the movie Now You See Me:
Written by: Douglas Cobb