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
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.31 billion

Night at the Museum is a film trilogy of adventure fantasy comedy films beginning in 2006. All three films, based on the children's book of the same name 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, 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.

Films[edit]

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 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 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. 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]

Reception[edit]

For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article.

Box office performance[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
Worldwide
Night at the Museum December 22, 2006 (2006-12-22) $110 million $30,433,781 $250,863,268 $323,617,573 $574,480,841 #86 #106 [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 #199 #190 [12]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) $127 million $17,100,520 $110,581,083 $213,800,000 $324,381,083 #503 #310 [13]
Total $387 million $538,688,072 $773,280,022 $1,311,968,094 [14]
Average $179.4 million $255.2 million $434.5 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 (33 reviews)[19] B+[17]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 50% (101 reviews)[20] 47 (33 reviews)[21] B+[17]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Films
Night at the Museum Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian
Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb
Larry Daley / Laaa Ben Stiller
Nicky Daley Jake Cherry Skyler Gisondo
Theodore Roosevelt Robin Williams
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,
Percy Hynes-White (young)
Gus Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney
Reginald Bill Cobbs Bill Cobbs
Erica Daley Kim Raver Mentioned Only
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.

Crew[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Stiller confirms Night at the Museum 3; talks Zoolander 2 script". Movie Hole. October 27, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  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". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Skyler Gisondo Set For 'Night At The Museum 3'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Ricky Gervais Reprising In ‘Night At The Museum 3′". Deadline.com. December 18, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Rebel Wilson Joins 'Night At The Museum 3' Cast". Deadline.com. 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'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Sir Ben Kingsley Joining Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum 3". Comingsoon.net. 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". DailyMail.com. 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. 
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  16. ^ "Night at the Museum". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c "Cinemascore". Cinemascore.com. CinemaScore. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.