Actor Allusion: When Merritt first meets Daniel, Merritt tells him "I'm sensing you are a control freak" and Daniel replies "Have we met before?" They have indeed, and in that film, Tallahassee tells Columbus "I'm sensing you're a bit of a bitch".
Sleeper Hit: Industry experts were not high on the chances of this film doing great business coming on the heels of Fast & Furious 6 and opening against After Earth, a film starring Will Smith, whose last summer film not to open #1 was 1995's Bad Boys. Although Furious was expected to end Smith's opening weekend summer streak, Now You See Me exceeded expectations and also beat After Earth, tallying close to a $30 million opening weekend. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth, the film then held supremely strong over its following weeks, staying in the top three two weeks later opposite Man of Steel and This Is the End (and outperforming the two films that opened the week before) and still hanging around the top five in its fourth week against the openings of Monsters University and World War Z. By comparison, After Earth had slipped to 14th place in its 4th week, earning less than a million that weekend. Now You See Me finished with a tally over $100 million, and is Lionsgate's highest-grossing film that isn't a bookadaptation.