Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a 2014 American epic adventure comedy film directed by Shawn Levy. It is a sequel to both Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. It premiered on December 19, 2014 and is the third installment of the films franchise. It's narrator is the score by Alan Silvestri who's prologue is The Ahkmenrah Expedition and who's epilouge is Laaa Love, A Farewell Kiss and Teddy's Goodbye.
Larry and museum exhibits including Pharaoh Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck), Roman centurion Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) wind up at the British Museum's famed Egyptian wing to solve the deadly mystery.
In 1938 Egypt, a team of archaeologists discover the tomb of pharaoh Ahkmenrah, including a young Cecil Fredericks, finding the magical Tablet of Ahkmenrah. The locals warn the group that removing the tablet will end its magic.
In present day New York City, Larry Daley remains the night guard of the American Museum of Natural History. He and the exhibits, brought to life each night by the tablet, help re-open the Hayden Planetarium. A new wax Neanderthal resembling Larry named Laaa is introduced, identifying Larry as his father. Ahkmenrah shows Larry that the tablet is corroding, which later causes the exhibits to act erratically, causing mayhem at the planetarium’s reopening. Larry catches his son Nick throwing a house party, who plans on taking a gap year to sort out his life.
Larry reunites with Cecil, now in retirement, who realises the end of the tablet’s magic will cause the exhibits to become lifeless. Cecil explains Ahkmenrah’s parents, Merenkahre and Shepseheret, may be able to restore the tablet’s power, but are located in the British Museum. Larry convinces the museum’s curator, Dr. McPhee, to let him ship Ahkmenrah to London to restore the tablet, convinced that McPhee knows its secrets. Larry and Nick travel to the British Museum, bypassing the night guard Tilly. To Larry’s surprise, Theodore Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Attila the Hun, Jedediah, Octavius, Dexter the capuchin monkey, and Laaa have come as well. Laaa is left to stand guard while the others search the museum, the tablet bringing its own exhibits to life.
They are joined by a wax Sir Lancelot who helps them fight off the aggressive museum exhibits like a Xiangliu statue and a Triceratops skeleton. Jedediah and Octavius fall through a ventilation shaft, but are rescued from a Pompeii model by Dexter. The group find Ahkmenrah’s parents, learning the tablet’s power can be regenerated by moonlight, since it is empowered with the magic of Khonsu. Lancelot mistakes the tablet for the Holy Grail and steals it, leaving to find Camelot. Larry and Laaa are locked in the employee break room by Tilly but escape, Laaa remaining behind to distract Tilly, but they become attracted to each other.
Lancelot crashes a performance of the Camelot musical, starring Hugh Jackman and Alice Eve as King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, but Larry and the others chase him to the theatre roof, where the New York exhibits begin to die. Lancelot then sees that the quest was about them and gives the tablet back. The moonlight restores the tablet’s power, saving the exhibits. They decide that Ahkmenrah and the tablet should stay with his parents, even if it means the New York exhibits will no longer come to life. Back in New York, Larry spends some final moments with his friends before sunrise.
Three years later, Larry now works as a teacher, and a travelling British Museum exhibit comes to New York. Tilly becomes the new night guard, and gives the tablet to Dr. McPhee, showing him its power, and allowing the exhibits to awaken again. Outside, Larry watches them party inside.
Spoof End Credits Cast
- Merenkahre and Shepseheret
- Attila the Hun
- Dr. McPhee
- Cecil Fredericks, Gus and Reginald
- Nick Daley
- Sir Lancelot
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Larry Daley
- Ben Stiller as Larry Daley (the main protagonist)
- Stiller also plays Laa (one of the two dueteragonists)
- Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt (one of the two dueteragonists)
- Williams does the voice of Garuda
- Owen Wilson as Jedediah (the tritagonist)
- Steve Coogan as Octavius (the tetartagonist)
- Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee (a major character)
- Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot (the main antagonist)
- Rebel Wilson as Tilly (the secondary antagonist)
- Skyler Gisondo as Nick Daley (a major character)
- Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah (a major character)
- Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun (a major character)
- Mizuo Peck as Sacagawea (a major character)
- Ben Kingsley as Merenkahre (a major character)
- Anjali Jay as Shepseheret (a supporting character)
- Louriza Tronco as Andrea
- Dick Van Dyke as Cecil Fredericks
- Mickey Rooney as Gus
- Bill Cobbs as Reginald
- Andrea Martin as Rose
- Matt Frewer as Archibald Stanley
- Brad Garrett as Easter Island Head (voice)
- Regina Taufen as New York Reporter (voice)
- Hugh Jackman as Himself (uncredited)
- Alice Eve as Herself (uncredited)
Ben Stiller admitted that a sequel was "a possibility" and on January 22, 2010, co-writer Thomas Lennon said to Access Hollywood, "That after the success of two Night at the Museum films, it's no surprise that 20th Century Fox is looking to develop a third and that those suspicions are indeed true and how could you not? I think it's a really outstanding idea to do 'Night at the Museum 3,' in fact," he said. "I wonder if someone's not even already working on a script for that," he added with a raised eyebrow. "I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either... It might be in the works." In an interview, Stiller confirmed the sequel, however, he said that it was only in the "ideas stage".
It was announced in February 2013 that the sequel, directed by Shawn Levy, would be released on December 25, 2014. On September 10, 2013, it was announced that shooting would start February 2014. On November 8, 2013, English actor Dan Stevens was cast as Lancelot. On November 15, Skyler Gisondo will be replacing Jake Cherry for the role of Nick Daley. On December 18, 2013 it was announced that Robin Williams, Stiller, and Ricky Gervais will be returning for the sequel. On January 9, it was announced that Rebel Wilson will play a security guard in the British Museum. On January 14, the airdate has moved up to December 19, 2014. On January 23, Ben Kingsley is announced as an Egyption Pharoah at the British Museum. On May 6th, the title is confirmed as Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Principal photography started in January and ended in May.
Prior to the film's release Pocket Gems, Inc released an android and iPhone app titled Night at the Museum: Hidden Treasures which allows the player to move around various rooms of a museum discovering hidden objects.