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

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  22 May 2009 (USA)
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Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.


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Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more!

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When the lights go off the battle is on.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Another Night  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,160,496 (UK) (22 May 2009)


$177,243,721 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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Did You Know?


Reese Witherspoon was originally set to play Amelia Earhart. See more »


When the giant octopus jumps into the reflecting pond in front of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, it shows him jumping into a pool deep enough that he has to float up a bit to have most of his body above the surface. In fact, the pool is only 30 inches deep at the very center of the pool. See more »


Amelia Earhart: Do you know why I became a pilot?
Larry Daley: I have no idea.
Amelia Earhart: For the fun of it. Why else would anyone do anything?
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Crazy Credits

There is an extra scene during the credits where Sailor Joey Motorola is seen reverse-engineering Larry Daley's cell-phone. He says to his mother (off camera) "I think I'm on to something!" See more »


References Titanic (1997) See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Could have been a little...no, a lot... better
20 June 2009 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I thought the first one was great, but felt the second one was in a foot race to show as many of the old characters and new ones as fast as possible and get to the end. But then again, when are sequels ever as good? Let me take that back, Terminator 2 was awesome. And Lord of the Rings. And several others, but this one was in a frenzy to go nowhere. Stop. Take a Breath. Develop a more interesting script. I'm sure the writer had something better in mind and the studios just plucked the eyeballs out of it until it was just what it became in the end. This could have been one of those franchise things that do more than just make money. Yes, it will make money, but it could have been sprinkled with a little more TLC. Let's get back to basics. You know the movie is going to sell. You have the money and all the actors to sell it. Why not just make a movie with a better storyline. The best part of the movie was the trailer.

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