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Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and the rest of the Museum of Natural History exhibits are back for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, but the magical tablet that brings them to life at night is losing its powers. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might. The problem is, his father is on display at London's British Museum so Larry’s (Ben Stiller) got no choice, but to cross the Atlantic to save his friends. With the new installment hitting theaters this weekend, I got the opportunity to meet my favorite actor from the Night at the Museum films, Crystal the Monkey who plays Dexter. After that, I decided it’d be cool to make some time to talk to director Shawn Levy, Wilson, Stiller and »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the box office on Friday, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie essentially tied for second place.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $16.58 million yesterday, which brings its three-day total to $51 million. It was up 67 percent from Thursday, which is a bigger jump than any of the Lord of the Rings movies had at the same point.For the three-day weekend, Battle of the Five Armies should earn at least $50 million. That would translate in to a five-day opening at $85-million-plus, which is a very solid result.Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to an estimated $5.63 million on Friday. That's a fairly disappointing number for this big-budget threequel: in contrast, the first Night at the Museum earned $12.1 million on opening day back in December 2006. This opening puts Secret of »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” powered to with $16.5 million at the Friday box office, and the finale in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogy is heading for a five-day total in the $85 million range for Warner Bros.
The weekend’s two other wide openers — “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and the Sony musical “Annie” – were battling for second. The Fox comedy sequel took in $5.6 million on Friday, a little ahead of the big-screen version of the Broadway hit, which brought in $5.3 million. That puts both on track for a $17 million-$18 million weekend total.
That’s better news for “Annie, »
- Todd Cunningham
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is marching toward a box office victory.
The final installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy grossed $16.6 million on Friday in the U.S. on its way to hauling almost $54 million this weekend, which would put its five-day total at $88 million. This is far above recent estimates of $80 million.
The fantasy adventure is miles ahead of the other newcomers this pre-Christmas weekend. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is headed for $19 million, while the reboot of “Annie” trails slightly behind with $18.5 million. The films are in a neck-and-neck race after initial forecasts as late as Friday pegged “Secret of the Tomb” as the clear winner.
Aside from giving a much-needed boost to the U.S. box office, if estimates hold, “Five Armies” will have the year’s eighth highest-grossing opening, behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Despite the strong showing, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
It's hard to believe the first Night at the Museum movie hit our screens in 2006, the CGI infused family friendly adventure striking a chord with its target audiences that we got a sequel in 2009, and now, twelve years after it started, the trilogy comes to a close with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. All the usual suspects are back for an adventure that sees security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) finding out that the tablet that brings the exhibits of the American Museum of Natural History, including wax figures of Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Atilla the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), and miniature figures Jebidiah and Octavious (Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan), to life after the sun goes down is losing power, eventually putting an end to the exhibit's night time activities. Discovering the secret to saving his friends may lie in London, Larry travels to the British Museum to investigate. »
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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” New Line
Moviepilot Prediction (5-day): $86 million
The final installment in the epic “Hobbit” trilogy is off to a great start and looks set to be the most successful of them all, improving substantially from “Smaug’s” $73.6 million opening last year. “Five Armies” has 50% more search activity and twice the Twitter volume of “Smaug” — 300,000 searches (where “Smaug” had 200,000) and half a million Tweets (versus the 250,000 “Smaug” managed). Boosted »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb's stars gathered at the N.Y.C. premiere on Dec. 11 to celebrate the family flick's release - but they remembered their late costar Robin Williams, too. Williams reprised his role of President Theodore Roosevelt in the threequel, one of his last completed projects before committing suicide in August.While the cast was sad Williams couldn't be with them to introduce the movie, they celebrated his life and performance at the premiere. "He was an amazing performer - an icon before I met him, then a friend," costar Ricky Gervais tells People. »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
20th Century Fox released their new comedy film, "Night At The Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb" into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the top,major movie critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed or more to the negative side with this one, giving it an overall 45 score out of a possible 100 across 23 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Dan Stevens. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Scott Foundas over at Variety, gave it a decent 70 grade, saying: "A most enjoyable capper to director Shawn Levy and producer Chris Columbus’ cheerfully silly and sneakily smart family-entertainment juggernaut." Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 63 grade. She said: "The third installment of the Night at the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, »
- Andre Braddox
As his dad put it, Robert Ford Wilson has the melody down, but he's still working on the lyrics.
Owen Wilson stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, and shared an adorable video of his son attempting to sing the alphabet. Though he seemed to call out all the letters to the tune of the song, Ford didn't quite sing his ABCs in order.
Photos: Stars Share Pics of Their Adorable Tots
Ford is Owen's oldest son, and the actor gushed to Ellen that he is very protective of his little brother Finn. "He doesn't even call him by his name, he always calls him his baby brother," the 46-year-old Night at the Museum star said. "I think he likes the fact that he's just about 30 pounds, but that Finn is smaller."
The little guy even instructs his own dad on how to handle his baby bro. "He always sort of cautions me like, 'Don't kiss him »
Owen Wilson is one proud papa.The "Night at the Museum" star appears on Friday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where he gives fans an extremely rare glimpse into his family life by showing a couple photos and one adorable video of his sons Finn and Ford. See 'em in the video above. Finn, who was born in January, and Ford, born in January 2011, have different mothers ... but both look a lot like their famous father. Owen and his former personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist are parents to Finn, while Wilson had Ford with ex-girlfriend Jade Duell."Ford is very, kind of protective of his, he always calls him - he doesn’t even call him by his name, he always calls him his baby brother," Owen explains to Ellen. "I think he likes the fact that he’s just about 30 pounds, but that Finn is smaller. So it’s always like, »
- tooFab Staff
“Hobbit” fans have kept coming to U.S. theaters, with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” taking in a solid $9.9 million at 3,875 locations on its second day for a two-day total of $34.4 million.
Meanwhile, Fox’s comedy “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opened with a moderate $491,000 from 2,531 locations in latenight shows Thursday. With school still in session Friday for most of the kid demo, the studio had not been expecting a large number.
The opening for “The Battle of the Five Armies” — the final movie in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga — comes in the wake of Sony’s decision on Wednesday to cancel its comedy “The Interview” due to terrorist threats from the hacking group Guardians of Peace.
“Five Armies” has been projected to pull in between $70 million and $75 million over its first five days in U.S. theaters. Thursday’s figure represented a 58% decline »
- Dave McNary
Very few of us get the opportunity to script our own farewell. David Chase and Vince Gilligan did it with their own brilliant television programs. Stephen Colbert did it last night. And the late, great Robin Williams pulls it off beautifully with Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which you can start seeing today. This column will talk openly about Night at the Museum, so bail now if you want to avoid all spoilers. Our own Mike Reyes mentioned this in his review of the third and final Night At The Museum chapter, commenting that director Shawn Levy and co-stars Robin Williams and Ben Stiller "end the film with an emotional finale that closes out the series in a bittersweet manner." Williams returns to his role of the wax-figure Teddy Roosevelt, who comes to life each evening to help museum security guard Larry (Stiller) on a series of »
Hey there Lizard People, only one more episode of the podcast for 2014 is left after today's as we review The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and The Gambler, discuss our Critics Choice Award nominations, explore the Oscar field, discuss Sony's decision to cancel the release of The Interview, play a couple of voice mails and much, much more. Hope you enjoy! Only a few more episodes until our final episode of the year, thanks to all of your support this year, hopefully it was worth it! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
20th Century Fox
It is something of a tragedy that the last role anyone gets to see of Robin Williams is in the inferior Night At The Museum sequel that has just hit cinemas (he’s actually in Terry Jones’ Absolutely Anything but in a vocal performance only next year), but it’s not entirely unfitting. The actor and comedian was a brilliant talent, not only as a stand-up but also as a genuine straight actor, and his career was typified by some serious highs; unfortunately, it was also blighted by some terrible lows, painting a picture of contradiction that was ultimately the most bewildered reaction to his suicide.
Because sanctifying departed heroes is foolish, it remains important to look at Williams’ career as a whole: the greatest tragedy of his professional life was not that he wasn’t offered the opportunity to truly show his ability, it was that »
- Simon Gallagher
The third and final installment of the much-loved Night At The Museum franchise lands in cinemas from today (Friday 19th December) and to celebrate we’re taking a trip down memory lane to look at our favourite moments from the preceding two Night At The Museum films!
In Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Larry (Ben Stiller) is joined by the original gang of museum exhibits and some new friends when they arrive to the British Museum in London to save the magic of the Ancient Egyptian tablet before it’s gone forever!
Starring Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Sir. Ben Kingsley, and the late, great Robin Williams, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is released in UK cinemas from 19th December, just in time for Christmas.
1. Monkey Slap
The on-going battle between man and monkey.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Text Santa: 8pm, ITV
The festive fundraising extravaganza returns, as Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, and Paddy McGuinness and Alesha Dixon are joined by a host of famous faces to raise money for six deserving causes.
The second season of the comic book drama continues. The team discovers the ancient city before Hydra, but revealing its secrets may require one of Coulson's agents to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Elsewhere, May and Skye race to save Raina before Whitehall can take her.
Gogglebox: Channel 4, 9pm
The fourth series of the BAFTA award winning observational documentary comes to an end this week, as all your Gogglebox favourites review TV's latest offerings.
The families, couples and friends »
In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment. »
- Jim Batts
It's the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend's box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each. These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what's likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woods—all films opening in at least 2,000 theaters each—are all opening Christmas week. While Night at the Museum »
- Ariana Bacle
The third Night At The Museum installment hits theaters this weekend with one of Robin Williams‘ last performances, plus amusing turns by several series regulars, as I say in my video review above. The cast is led by Ben Stiller as the nightwatchman dealing with lively exhibits at the museum, played by Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley with a terrific performance by Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens as a gung-ho knight.
Veteran comedy helmer Shawn Levy directed from a script written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, from a story by the pair and Mark Friedman. Producers are Levy and Chris Columbus. Fox is handling distribution.
Are you going to see the film? Watch my review and let us know.
- Pete Hammond
Flickering Myth TV’s Amon Warmann got a chance to chat with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb director Shawn Levy (Real Steel) about the franchise’s final movie (or so it’s claimed – expect a Night at the Museum 4 Part A announcement eventually). Check out them talk about everything from Real Steel to movie cameos.
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Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
- Oli Davis
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