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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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Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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22 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,690,312 (UK) (29 December 2006)

Gross:

$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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In the miniature people scene, after Larry breaks free from his upper body restraints, the roping around his ankles is still in place. In the shot just before the Romans attack him with fire balls, the ropes are shown around his ankles, still in place. However, after the Romans begin to attack him, Larry is able to get up and run away with ease- there is no shown attempt to break the restraints around his ankles. See more »

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GREAT FUN, family or otherwise. Well worth your time and money.
23 December 2006 | by (So Cal) – See all my reviews

Excellent fun flick... and best movie Dinosaur in a long time ;-)

I promised my 8th grade nephew I'd take him to a movie this Christmas break - without his younger brothers and sisters. He originally wanted to see that dragon movie, but he found out it sucked, so I suggested this one.

With teens, there's the fine balance between too "kid" oriented and too dark, but he was laughing along the rest of the theater, and lost himself in the fun with the rest of us.

He wants to see it again, *I* want to see it again, and I recommend it for anyone with a sense of fun. It's also the first Ben Stiller movie in a while I can say that about. I hope you all reward the studio for putting out a true "family movie" for the holidays, so we'll see more in the future.

It was good to see Dick Van Dyke, Andy Rooney and Bill Cobbs in light, comic roles, and Robin Williams in a solid supporting role. They all lend the movie more "credibility."

GREAT FUN, easily worth 2 hours and $10.00, more than once over.


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