Night at the Museum
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Created byMilan Trenc
Original workThe Night at the Museum (1993)
Owner20th Century Studios
(The Walt Disney Company)
Print publications
Book(s)
Novel(s)Night at the Museum: The Junior Novelization (2006)
Films and television
Film(s)
Television seriesNight at the Museum (TBA)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s)Night at the Museum (TBA)

Night at the Museum is an American media franchise of fantasy-comedy 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 Daley, the films also star an ensemble cast featuring Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, and Dick Van Dyke.

Films

Night at the Museum (2006)

Main article: Night at the Museum

When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a divorced father who was having trouble finding a job, 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 exhibits of the museum to come to life.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

Main article: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Three years after the previous film, 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 evil older brother Kahmunrah before morning.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Main article: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Five years after the previous film, Larry discovers that the tablet of Ahkmenrah's magic is failing. He and his now-teenage son Nick, along with Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Jedediah, 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 in London to undo the curse, with the help of Ahkmenrah's parents and the narcissistic Sir Lancelot of Camelot, before the tablet's magic disappears forever.

Future

Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again (2022)

In August 2018, CEO of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider announced that a television series based on Night at the Museum was in development.[1]

In August 2019, following the purchase of 21st Century Fox and its assets by Disney, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that a soft reboot of Night at the Museum was in development. The project was planned for release as a Disney+ exclusive film.[2][3] In October 2020, the film was officially titled Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again. The project was CGI-animated.[4] The plot centers on Larry's son, Nick, who is hesitant to follow on his father's footsteps as night watchman.[4] In addition to Nick and the titular villain, the movie will also feature returning characters: Jedediah, Octavius, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt; with the addition of Joan of Arc as well. Production began on November 2, 2020.[4] Shawn Levy will serve as executive producer.

Main cast and characters

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Characters Films
Night at the Museum Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian
Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb
Night at the Museum:
Kahmunrah Rises Again
Lawrence "Larry" Daley Ben Stiller TBA
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
Dexter Crystal the Monkey
Easter Island Head Brad GarrettV
Cecil "C. J." Fredericks Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke
Percy Hynes WhiteY
Gus Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney
Reginald Bill Cobbs Bill Cobbs
Rebecca Hutman Carla Gugino
Erica Daley Kim Raver
Don Paul Rudd
Amelia Earhart Amy Adams
Tess
Kahmunrah Hank Azaria TBA
Ivan the Terrible Christopher Guest
Napoleon Bonaparte Alain Chabat
Al Capone Jon Bernthal
George Armstrong Custer Bill Hader
Sailor Joey Motorola Jay Baruchel
Brundon the Security Guard Jonah Hill
Docent Mindy Kaling
The Thinker Hank AzariaV
Abraham Lincoln Statue
Cherub Cupid Statues Jonas BrothersV
Abel the Space Monkey Crystal the Monkey
Albert Einstein Bobbleheads Eugene LevyV
Laaa Ben Stiller TBA
Lancelot Dan Stevens TBA
Tilly Rebel Wilson
Merenkahre Ben Kingsley
Shepseheret Anjali Jay
Madeline Phelps Rachael Harris
Garuda Artefact Robin WilliamsV
King Arthur Hugh Jackman
Guinevere Alice Eve
Joan of Arc TBA

Additional crew and production details

Film Director Producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production companies Distributor
Night at the Museum Shawn Levy Shawn Levy
Chris Columbus
Michael Barnathan
Thomas Lennon
Robert Ben Garant
Alan Silvestri Guillermo Navarro Don Zimmerman 20th Century Fox
21 Laps Entertainment
1492 Pictures
20th Century Fox
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian John Schwartzman Don Zimmerman
Dean Zimmerman
20th Century Fox
21 Laps Entertainment
1492 Pictures
Dune Entertainment
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb David Guion
Michael Handelman
Guillermo Navarro Dean Zimmerman 20th Century Fox
21 Laps Entertainment
1492 Pictures
TSG Entertainment
Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again TBA 20th Century Studios
20th Century Animation
21 Laps Entertainment
1492 Pictures
Alibaba Pictures
Disney+

Reception

Further information on the reception of each film: Night at the Museum § Reception, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian § Reception, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb § Reception

Box office

Title U.S. release date Budget Box office gross Box office ranking Ref.
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 #100 #123 [5]
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 [6]
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 [7]
Totals $387 million $101,707,587 $541,853,610 $808,938,036 $1,350,791,646 [8]

Critical and public response

All three films have received mixed reviews from critics.

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Night at the Museum 43% (136 reviews)[9] 48 (28 reviews)[10] A-[11]
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 45% (167 reviews)[12] 42 (31 reviews)[13] B+[11]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 47% (112 reviews)[14] 47 (33 reviews)[15] B+[11]

Stage

In April 2020, Alan Menken revealed that he is working as lyricist and composer for a stage musical adaptation of Night at the Museum.[16] On September 11, 2020, Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy revealed that he is also working on the musical, which has been in development for "a year and a half" by that point.[17] Work on the musical had to be done remotely through Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ Paz, Maggie Dela (August 10, 2018). "Fox Developing Wimpy Kid, Ice Age, and Night at the Museum TV Shows". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "'Home Alone,' 'Night at the Museum' to Be Rebooted at Disney+". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Hayes, Dade; Hipes, Patrick (August 7, 2019). "Disney+ To Revive 'Home Alone', 'Night At The Museum', More As Part Of Fox Reset".
  4. ^ a b c Exclusive: Details on The Disney+ Animated Movie 'Night At The Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again'
  5. ^ "Night at the Museum (2006)". Box Office Mojo.
  6. ^ "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)". Box Office Mojo.
  7. ^ "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)". Box Office Mojo.
  8. ^ "Night at the Museum franchise". boxofficemojo.com. IMDB. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Night at the Museum". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  10. ^ "Night at the Museum". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Cinemascore". Cinemascore.com. CinemaScore. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  14. ^ "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  15. ^ "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb". metacritic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  16. ^ a b Young Artists of America (March 28, 2020). "Talk Back with Alan Menken (2020)". YouTube. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  17. ^ Carras, Christi (September 11, 2020). "'Night at the Museum' director teases another sequel — and a Broadway musical". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 23, 2021.