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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Where History Comes To Life See more »


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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  »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$250,863,268 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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Trivia

During closeups of Jedediah and Octavius in the toy car, the "snowflakes" falling on the miniature vehicle do not melt, meaning they're obviously pieces of Styrofoam (or a similar material). See more »

Goofs

When Dexter bites Larry on the nose there aren't any bites marks and no blood either. See more »

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[first lines]
Taxi Driver: [as Larry walks into the street] Hey, watch it!
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During the film's end credit sequence, two scenes featuring the characters played by Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs appear on the side. See more »

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References Aladdin (1992) See more »

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Tonight
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Written by Cham (as Dameon Beckett), Ali Dee (as Ali 'Dee' Theodore), Zach Danziger, Julian Davis, Alana Da Fonseca (as Alana Dafonseca), and Dave Kelly
Performed by Keke Palmer featuring Cham
Produced by Ali Dee for Deetown Productions
Keke Palmer performs courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
Cham performs courtesy of Madhouse/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Another movie let-down by bad marketing.
18 December 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I came into this movie thinking that it would suck AND disliking Ben Stiller very much. But I thought, hey, free tickets, Monday night, how bad could it be? Well, it wasn't. It was much funnier and had a much better script than I had anticipated. Stiller, famous for being *in* funny situations and not making them, actually acted like a comic character, something of a cross between Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. Usuaully he's a passive element, but here he propelled the comedy further. Great job. Also, a fantastic group of supporting characters like Gus, Mr. McPhee and Atilla the Hun. The only problem I really had was the son, who was much too perfect and pacific to be of any interest, and was, at most times, quite annoying.

So all of you nay-sayers who judge the film by its previews, tut-tut to you. It's funny, it's fast, and wastes no time with kicking it into high gear. Great special effects, especially the T-Rex. Also, with the poor previews, it leaves you to enjoy the many delightful small twists and turns that keep the movie fresh.

So take off that cloak of prejudice and enjoy, it won't disappoint.


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