Night at the Museum (film series)

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Night at the Museum
Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Shawn Levy
Chris Columbus
Michael Barnathan
Written by Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
Based on The Night at the Museum 
by Milan Trenc
Starring Ben Stiller
Owen Wilson
Robin Williams
Ricky Gervais
Steve Coogan
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro (1)
John Schwartzman (2)
Guillermo Navarro (3)
Edited by Don Zimmerman
Dean Zimmerman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 22, 2006 (2006-12-22) (1)
  • May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22) (2)
  • December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) (3)
Running time
310 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $387 million (all three films)
Box office $987.6 million (1 & 2)

Night at the Museum is a film trilogy of adventure fantasy comedy films beginning in 2006. All three films, based on Milan Trenc's children's book of the same name, are directed by Shawn Levy and written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Starring Ben Stiller as an incompetent museum night security guard, the films also star an ensemble cast featuring Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Van Dyke.


Night at the Museum (2006)[edit]

Main article: Night at the Museum

When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a divorced father who can't seem to keep a job for more than a week, applies for a job at the Museum of Natural History, he is assigned as a night guard. However, a seemingly easy job turns out to be a wild ride when he finds that an ancient curse has caused the "inhabitants" of the museum to come to life.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)[edit]

Stiller returns as Larry Daley, the unfortunate night watchman who continues to encounter living and breathing museum exhibits in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, 20th Century Fox's tent-pole sequel from director Shawn Levy. Amy Adams and Hank Azaria join the returning cast of Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and Owen Wilson in the 1492 Pictures and 21 Laps Entertainment co-production.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)[edit]

Ben Stiller admitted that a sequel was "a possibility" and on January 22, 2010, co-writer Thomas Lennon said to Access Hollywood, "That after the success of two Night at the Museum films, it's no surprise that 20th Century Fox is looking to develop a third and that those suspicions are indeed true and how could you not? I think it's a really outstanding idea to do Night at the Museum 3, in fact," he said. "I wonder if someone's not even already working on a script for that," he added with a raised eyebrow. "I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either... It might be in the works." In an interview, Stiller confirmed the sequel, however, he said that it was only in the "ideas stage".[1]

It was announced in February 2013 that the film, directed by Shawn Levy, would be released on December 25, 2014.[2] On September 10, 2013, it was announced that shooting would start in February 2014.[3] On November 8, 2013, English actor Dan Stevens was cast as Sir Lancelot.[4] On November 15, 2013, it was announced Skyler Gisondo would be replacing Jake Cherry for the role of Nicky Daley.[5] On December 18, 2013 it was announced that Robin Williams, Stiller, and Ricky Gervais would be returning for the sequel.[6] On January 9, 2014, it was announced that Rebel Wilson would play a security guard in the British Museum.[7] On January 14, 2014, the film's release date was moved up from December 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014.[8] On January 23, 2014, it was announced Ben Kingsley would play an Egyption Pharaoh at the British Museum.[9] Principal photography and production began on January 27, 2014.[10]


Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Night at the Museum 44% (130 reviews) 48 (28 reviews)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 44% (163 reviews) 42 (31 reviews)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 52% (24 reviews) 45 (23 reviews)
Average ratings 45% 43

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Budget Ref.
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide
Night at the Museum December 22, 2006 (2006-12-22) $250,863,268 $323,617,573 $574,480,841 $110,000,000 [11]
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22) $177,243,721 $235,862,449 $413,106,170 $150,000,000 [12]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) TBD TBD TBD $127,000,000 [13]
Total $428,106,989 $559,480,022 $987,587,011 $387,000,000 -


Character Films
Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian Secret of the Tomb
Larry Daley Ben Stiller
Nicky Daley Jake Cherry Skyler Gisondo
Jedediah Owen Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt Robin Williams
Dr. McPhee Ricky Gervais
Octavius Steve Coogan
Attila the Hun Patrick Gallagher
Ahkmenrah Rami Malek
Sacagawea Mizuo Peck
Rebecca Hutman Carla Gugino
Cecil Fredericks Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke (shown in deleted scenes) Dick Van Dyke
Gus Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney (shown in deleted scenes) Mickey Rooney
Reginald Bill Cobbs Bill Cobbs (deleted) Bill Cobbs
Erica Daley Kim Raver
Dexter / Abel the Space Monkey Crystal the Monkey
Easter Island Head Brad Garrett
Amelia Earhart / Tess Amy Adams
Kahmunrah Hank Azaria
Ivan the Terrible Christopher Guest
Napoleon Bonaparte Alain Chabat
Al Capone Jon Bernthal
George Armstrong Custer Bill Hader
Sailor Joey Motorola Jay Baruchel
Docent Mindy Kaling
Tilly Rebel Wilson
Merenkahre Ben Kingsley
Lancelot Dan Stevens
Madeline Phelps Rachael Harris
Note: A gray cell indicates that character did not appear in that film.


Film Director Producer Writer Composer Cinematographer Editor
Night at the Museum (2006) Shawn Levy Shawn Levy
Chris Columbus
Michael Barnathan
Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
Alan Silvestri Guillermo Navarro Don Zimmerman
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) John Schwartzman Don Zimmerman
Dean Zimmerman
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
David Guion
Michael Handelman
Guillermo Navarro Dean Zimmerman


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  2. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 7, 2013). "Shawn Levy Returns to Direct NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 for December 25, 2014 Release; THE MAZE RUNNER Set to Open February 14, 2014". Collider. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "‘Night At The Museum 3’ In The Works | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos". Access Hollywood. January 21, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike. "'Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens Joins 'Night At The Museum 3' As Lancelot". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Skyler Gisondo Set For 'Night At The Museum 3'". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Ricky Gervais Reprising In ‘Night At The Museum 3′". December 18, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Rebel Wilson Joins 'Night At The Museum 3' Cast". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  8. ^ Busch, Anita. "Fox Sets Date For 'Planet of the Apes' Project, Moves Romancer 'The Longest Ride' Away From 'Fifty Shades of Grey'; 'Night At the Museum' Now Head to Head With 'The Hobbit'". Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Sir Ben Kingsley Joining Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum 3". January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Quiet on set! Ben Stiller and Robin Williams are joined by former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens as they film Night At The Museum 3 in London". January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Night at the Museum (2006)". Box Office Mojo. 
  12. ^ "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)". Box Office Mojo. 
  13. ^ "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)". Box Office Mojo.