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Poster for Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Directed by

    Shawn Levy

  • Screenplay by

    Ben Garant, Simon Kinberg and Thomas Lennon

  • Music Composed by

    Alan Silvestri

  • Theatrical Release Date

    May 22, 2009

  • DVD Release Date

    November 15, 2009 (Region 2 - Europe)
    December 1, 2009 (Region 1 - North America)

  • Production Companies

    20th Century Fox, 1492 Pictures

  • Distribution Company

    20th Century Fox

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Teddy Roosevelt

  • Ben Stiller

    Larry Daley

  • Owen Wilson


  • Christopher Guest

    Ivan the Terrible

  • John Bernthal

    Al Capone

  • Bill Hader

    Gen. George Armstrong Custer

  • Steve Coogan


  • Ricky Gervais

    Dr. McPhee

  • Dick Van Dyke

    Cecil Fredericks

  • Hank Azaria


  • Amy Adams

    Amelia Earhart


The Museum of Natural History is closed down for upgrading and the exhibits are put into storage at the Federal Archives in D.C.
The centerpiece of the film will be bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world's largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic and Al Capone's rap sheet and mug shot to Dorothy's ruby red slippers and Archie Bunker's lounge chair.

International Trailer

Ricky Gervais about Robin

Gervais is resuming his role as Dr. McPhee in Night at the Museum 2, which is scheduled for release in 2009. He originally took the part as payback to Stiller, who did a laugh-out-loud spoof of himself in one of Extras' most memorable episodes.

"He has sent me an e-mail saying, 'So I'm doing this film and we've written a part for you. Do you want to return the favour? No pressure,'" says Gervais. "So now I'm back for two."

And he's glad to be back. Gervais is coming off what he described as one of his most memorable days ever on set.

"Not only did I meet Robin Williams, who I didn't get to see last time . . . but I met Crystal the monkey. Amazing, it was the best day ever."

Though Gervais didn't get to work with Williams on the first movie, the legendary comedian sent him a gift after the first film wrapped: A scrapbook enclosed with a note reading, "I'm so sorry I didn't get to work with you." Gervais was blown away by the gesture -- as well as by Williams' stamina on the set.

"I think [Williams] must just go home and collapse because there is no off switch. He's just funny all the time. You say something, he does a sketch with voices and that. It's just amazing. I just sat there watching him. He's incredible."

(Source: Vancouver Province)



When The Lights Go Off The Battle Is On


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Filming Info

  • Dates

    April 8, 2008 - September, 2008

  • Locations

    Montréal, QC
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
    Vancouver, BC

International Release Dates

  • Belgium

    May 20, 2009

  • Netherlands

    May 21, 2009

  • Finland

    May 22, 2009

Extra Info

Ben and Robin were often unable to get through an entire take without cracking each other up.

Shawn Levy on Teddy's Return

"The return of Williams was a huge imperative," says Levy.

The Roosevelt character, the filmmakers felt, was the soul of the first film and the franchise. "When Stiller's character loses his way in the sequel, it's Teddy Roosevelt who helps him find his way back to his better self. Plus," Levy adds, "he's fun."

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $177,243,721 (USA)
    $235,135,097 (international)
    $412,378,818 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $54,173,286 (4,096 theaters)

  • Ranked #1

    1 week

  • Widest Release

    4,101 theaters

  • In Release

    164 days / 23.4 weeks

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