A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

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In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience  »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,212,651 (USA) (22 December 2006)

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$250,863,268 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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Primary filming was set to take place in Montreal, but Ben Stiller was reportedly unhappy about working there, and is fond of Vancouver, hence prompting a move to BC. See more »

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After Cecil scares Larry with the voodoo attire, Cecil removes the headpiece and his hair is messy. A second later without a break in conversation, Cecil's hair is neatly groomed. See more »

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Taxi Driver: [as Larry walks into the street] Hey, watch it!
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The opening credits have a 3-dimensional appearance -- and cast shadows and reflections on their backgrounds See more »

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References Aladdin (1992) See more »

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Weapon Of Choice
(2000)
Written by Ashley Slater (as Ashley William Slater), Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart), Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins), Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook), Mista Lawnge (as William R. McLean), and Andres Titus
Performed by Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Bootsy Collins appears courtesy of WEA Records Germany
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Very Funny
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw it with a big group of friends (all in their early 20's) on opening night, and we all thought it was hilarious. It wasn't until a few days later that I heard reviews for it that were less than favorable. I thought the movie was funny and light-hearted. Yeah, some parts may not have seemed to make sense, but come on. It's a movie about exhibits in a museum coming to life - I don't think the creators were aiming for realism. I thought Ben Stiller did a great job, as did other supporting actors, especially the security guards. Everyone in the theater clapped when it was over, so they must have liked it too. I would definitely recommend it.


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