This summer’s next big blockbuster, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, opens Friday across the US for the Memorial Day weekend. In this sequel to his hit 2006 film, Ben Stiller revisits the character of former night watchman Larry Daley, called back into action to protect the exhibits of America’s cultural storehouse, the Smithsonian.
This time around, in addition to returning stars Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais, the cast is rounded out by Amy Adams and Hank Azaria, along with Bill Hader and Christopher Guest. Plus, look for cameos from Jay Baruchel and Mindy Kaling.
Early reviews proclaim it fun family entertainment.
The movie premiered last week in DC and a week earlier in London, with Stiller and the cast making the rounds of the press circuit.
Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollwood believes that the movie will be a huge hit with families, projecting it to be the top grosser at the end of the long weekend, with $85M and proclaiming, “Museum 2 is likely to have summer legs.”
On May 14 (that’s tonight, folks!), the stars will be out at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. The IMAX theater hosts the US premiere of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, with cast members Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria scheduled to appear.
DC-area fans can catch the actors on the red carpet outside the museum, along Jefferson Drive, starting after 6:00PM. Showing up before 5PM is recommended.
Twitter users can snag a four-pack of tickets for the May 21 sneak peak of the movie at the Smithsonian IMAX by replying to http://twitter.com/smithsonianimax with answer to “Which Smithsonian object should come to life & why.” The deadline is tonight at 6PM EST.
Recently, I’ve received a flurry of emails asking whether Ben Stiller is Twittering away under the name “@ben_stiller” — which at its peak, had over 61,000 followers.
Considering that Ben has previously shown a general disinterest in directly communicating with fans, it doesn’t appear likely that he’d suddenly become a voracious Twitaholic.
Nor would we expect that Ben has the time to twiddle his thumbs, as he has been filming Greenberg this past month. Currently, Stiller’s in London, doing press for the release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsoniann — which will have its world premiere Tuesday evening at Leicester Square.