Night at the Museum (film series)

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Night at the Museum
Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by
Written by
Based on The Night at the Museum
by Milan Trenc
Music by Alan Silvestri
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Country United States
Language English
Budget $387 million
Box office $1.31 billion

Night at the Museum is a trilogy of fantasy-comedy films beginning in 2006 and ending in 2014. All three films, based on the children's book The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc, are directed by Shawn Levy and written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Starring Ben Stiller as a museum night security guard named Larry, the films also star an ensemble cast featuring Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs and Dick Van Dyke.


Night at the Museum (2006)[edit]

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 American 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 spell 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. 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. When several of the exhibits are transferred to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and Dexter the monkey steals the tablet of Ahkmenrah, Larry must break in and team up with his old friends, and new ally Amelia Earheart to get it back from Ahkmenrah's resurrected brother Kahmunrah and some other villainous exhibits, including Ivan the Terrible, Al Capone, and even Darth Vader!

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 Egyptian Pharaoh at the British Museum.[9] Principal photography and production began on January 27, 2014.[10]

Five years after the last film, Larry discovers that the tablet of Ahkmenrah's magic is failing. So he, his now-teenage son Nick, along with Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagewea, Jedidiah, Octavius, Dexter, Attila the Hun, and a new caveman figure named Laaa (who looks like Larry) travel to a fictional version of the British Museum to undo the curse with the help of Ahkmenrah's parents, and a narcissistic Sir Lancelot of Camelot before they all die.


Box office[edit]

Title Release date
(United States)
Budget Box office gross Box office ranking Ref(s)
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Night at the Museum December 22, 2006 (2006-12-22) $110 million $30,433,781 $250,863,268 $323,617,573 $574,480,841 #100 #123 [11]
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22) $150 million $54,173,286 $177,243,721 $235,862,449 $413,106,170 #221 #220 [12]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) $127 million $17,100,520 $113,746,621 $249,458,014 $363,204,635 #516 #272 [13]
Totals $387 million $101,707,587 $541,853,610 $808,938,036 $1,350,791,646 [14]
Averages $129 million $33.9 million $180.6 million $269.6 million $450.3 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Night at the Museum 44% (131 reviews)[15] 48 (28 reviews)[16] A-[17]
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 44% (163 reviews)[18] 42 (31 reviews)[19] B+[17]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 48% (104 reviews)[20] 47 (33 reviews)[21] B+[17]

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films
Night at the Museum Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian
Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb
Lawrence "Larry" Daley
Ben Stiller
Theodore Roosevelt Robin Williams
Nick Daley Jake Cherry Skyler Gisondo
Jedediah Owen Wilson
Octavius Steve Coogan
Dr. McPhee Ricky Gervais
Attila the Hun Patrick Gallagher
Ahkmenrah Rami Malek
Sacagawea Mizuo Peck
Rebecca Hutman Carla Gugino
Cecil Fredericks Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke
(Deleted scene)
Dick Van Dyke
Percy Hynes-White (young)
Gus Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney
(Deleted scene)
Mickey Rooney
Reginald Bill Cobbs Bill Cobbs
(Deleted scene)
Bill Cobbs
Erica Daley Kim Raver
Don Paul Rudd
Dexter Crystal the Monkey
Easter Island Head Brad Garrett
Amelia Earhart
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
Brundon (Security Guard) Jonah Hill
Docent Mindy Kaling
The Thinker
Abraham Lincoln Statue
Hank Azaria
Cherub Cupid Statues Jonas Brothers
Abel the Space Monkey Crystal the Monkey
Albert Einstein Bobbleheads Eugene Levy
Laaa Ben Stiller
Lancelot Dan Stevens
Tilly Rebel Wilson
Merenkahre Ben Kingsley
Shepseheret Anjali Jay
Madeline Phelps Rachael Harris
Garuda Artefact Robin Williams
Hugh Jackman
playing King Arthur
Alice Eve
playing Guinevere
Note: A gray cell indicates that character did not appear in that film.


Film Director Producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Cinematographer Editor(s)
Night at the Museum 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 John Schwartzman Don Zimmerman,
Dean Zimmerman
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Robert Ben Garant,
Thomas Lennon,
David Guion,
Michael Handelman
Guillermo Navarro Dean Zimmerman


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