Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb
Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Shawn Levy
Chris Columbus
Michael Barnathan
Screenplay by Robert Ben Garant
David Guion
Michael Handelman
Thomas Lennon
Story by Mark Friedman
Michael Handelman
David Guion
Based on Characters created by
Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
and The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
Starring Ben Stiller
Robin Williams
Owen Wilson
Dan Stevens
Ben Kingsley
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Edited by Dean Zimmerman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11) (Ziegfeld Theatre)
  • December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) (United States)
Running time 98 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $127 million[2]

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and written by Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman and Thomas Lennon. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Night at the Museum and the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Ben Kingsley. The film was released on December 19, 2014, by 20th Century Fox. It is the third and final installment of the trilogy.[3]

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the final film to feature Mickey Rooney, who passed away in April 2014, at the age of 93, and the last major studio film role of Robin Williams, who died in August 2014.


After the events of the previous film, Larry Dailey begins to take pride in being re-hired as the night guard for American Museum of Natural History as he watches his exhibit friends entertain the visiting pedestrians while pretending to be robotic exhibits. However, when Ahkmenrah's tablet starts to die out, the exhibits, including Theodore Roosevelt and Dexter the Monkey, run amok, vandalizing the museum and scaring the pedestrians. As a result, the museum curator, Dr. McPhee loses his job.



On January 21, 2010, co-writer Thomas Lennon said to Access Hollywood, "I think it's a really outstanding idea to do Night at the Museum 3, in fact. I wonder if someone's not even already working on a script for that. I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either... It might be in the works."[10] In an October 2011 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stiller confirmed the sequel, however, he said that it was only in the "ideas stage".[11] It was announced in February 2013 that the film, directed by Shawn Levy, would be released on December 25, 2014.[12] On September 10, 2013, it was announced that shooting would start in February 2014.[13]

On November 8, 2013, actor Dan Stevens was cast as Lancelot.[5] On November 15, 2013, it was announced Skyler Gisondo would be replacing Jake Cherry in the role of Nicky Daley.[7] On December 18, 2013, it was announced that Robin Williams, Stiller, and Ricky Gervais would be returning for the sequel.[14] On January 9, 2014, it was announced that Rebel Wilson would play a security guard in the British Museum.[4] On January 14, 2014, the film's release date was moved up from December 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014.[15] On January 23, 2014, it was announced Ben Kingsley would play an Egyptian Pharaoh at the British Museum.[16] Principal photography and production began on January 27, 2014.[17][18] On May 6, 2014, it was announced that the film would be titled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.[19] In May 2014, principal photography ended.[20]


The film premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on December 11, 2014.[21] The film was released on December 19, 2014.[22]

Box office[edit]

North America

The film was released in North America on December 19, 2014 across 3,784 theatres.[23] Early analysts and projectors predicted that the film could earn $25 - $28 million in its opening weekend.[24][25]

Critical reception[edit]

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 47% approval rating, based on 76 reviews, with an average score of 5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While not without its moments, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a less-than-inspired sendoff for the trilogy."[26] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews" from critics.[27]

Scott Foundas of Variety gave the film a positive review praising the visual effects, calling the production values "topnotch", and admiring Guillermo Navarro's work. He added, "A most enjoyable capper to director Shawn Levy and producer Chris Columbus’ cheerfully silly and sneakily smart family-entertainment juggernaut... offers little in the way of secrets of surprises, but should add much holiday cheer to Fox’s box-office coffers."[28] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film three stars out of five and said, "The third part in what absolutely no one is calling the Night at the Museum “trilogy” turns out to be a good-natured and entertainingly surreal panto fantasy."[29] Glenn Kenny awarded the film 2½ stars out of 4 praising the Indiana Jones themed-set while criticizing the performances of the cast and said, "As talent-packed as any Night at the Museum picture may be—in this third installment... —one doesn’t come to a movie of this sort expecting anybody’s best work. Or at least one certainly shouldn’t, because it won’t materialize."[30] Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice gave the film a positive review, saying "The third installment, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb may be the best, and even the generally wound-too-tight Ben Stiller - once again playing a bemused Museum of Natural History guard - is easy to tolerate."[31] Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Where the previous films felt frenetic and forced, this outing feels breezier, more enjoyable and less contrived."[32] Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film three out of five stars, saying "There's a serenity to museum visits, especially if it's a place you know and love. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, amazingly, recaptures that feeling in big-studio franchise form."[33]

Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic gave the film two out of five stars, saying "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a rather lackluster affair, a cash grab that tries to aim a little higher but confuses sappy shortcuts with real emotion."[34] Joe McGovern of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B, saying "It's kind of fun, unembarrassingly, and not least of all because the people who made it look like they had a good time doing so."[35] Tom Long of The Detroit News gave the film a B, saying "There are some key elements that make this Night at the Museum sequel work better than its predecessor."[36] Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger gave the film two out of four stars, saying "The exhibits in this Night at the Museum may still come to life nightly. But their latest movie stays stubbornly inert."[37] Tom Russo of The Boston Globe gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Seeing Ben Stiller, the late Robin Williams, and their magically roused gang together again, this time in London, is initially all about indulgent, nostalgic smiles rather than new wows. But then comes the movie’s exceptionally clever and fresh final act, which delivers genuine surprise along with many laughs."[38] Robbie Collin of The Telegraph gave the film three out of five stars, saying "The third Night at the Museum film starts strongly, with its heart in the past... It’s an exciting opening, and perhaps too exciting for the film’s own good. It’s hard not to be disappointed when the plot moves back to the present and settles into the time-honoured formula of digitised creatures running riot and famous people in fancy dress doing shtick."[39] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a negative review, saying "Despite relocating across the pond to the esteemed British Museum, the creaky Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb fails to capitalize on the comic potential provided by that change of venue."[40]

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club gave the film a C+, saying "Secret of the Tomb plays it as a source of corny jokes, pop-culture references, and father-son bonding moments. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of film that shouldn’t be expected to engage with its assorted bizarre subtexts — but what a movie it could be if it did."[41] Sara Stewart of the New York Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "For piquing kids’ interest in history and nature, you could do worse than this goofy Ben Stiller franchise. But its third installment is more meh than manic, too reliant on wide shots of the ragtag Museum of Natural History cohorts striding down corridors. You get the feeling returning director Shawn Levy is ready to hang it up."[42] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one and a half stars out of five, saying "The dialogue is schmaltzy and often painfully unfunny. The special effects are often so 1980s-bad, one wonders if it was a deliberate choice, to make the creepy visuals of sculptures dancing and paintings moving less frightening to young viewers. Time and again, terrific actors sink in the equivalent of cinematic quicksand, helpless against the sucking sound of this movie."[43] Drew Hunt of Slant Magazine gave the film one out of four stars, saying "None of the entries in the Night at the Museum series could ever pass for high art, but a wealth of comedic talent gave the first two installments a madcap energy that somewhat forgave their childish premises. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and supposedly final edition in the franchise, is nothing more than an uncomfortably transparent contractual obligation."[44]


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