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Night at Museum thinking series

Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian won the battle in the box office this holiday weekend.

Night at Museum thinking seriesThink about this: Stiller beat out Star Trek and Terminator! Night at the Museum grossed $70 million as a blockbuster hit of the weekend from Friday through Monday.

Terminator: Salvation took in a respectable $53.8 million coming in second place. While many industry experts anticipated Terminator: Salvation cleaning up, perhaps it was the one-two punch of a kids-flick and comedy which had Americans flocking to see Night at the Museum. It was actually the first movie to ever be filmed in the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum complex which boasts 25 million visitors each year!

Interestingly enough, reviewers who attended screenings of the flick prior to its release gave it lackluster results. Feeling it was too formulaic or perhaps not original enough mattered not: movie-goers catapulted the flick into first place. The first movie opened in December 2006 with a $30.4 million three-day opening weekend.

Here's a little tidbit you may not already know: the premise is based on a 1993 children's book which follows a divorced father trying to settle down and get into a groove, impress his son and find his fate. As such, he applies for a job at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan as a night guard watchman. Much to his surprise, he realizes exhibits come to life at night!

We wonder if Stiller's Night at the Museum will have another installment and if so, which American museum will be highlighted? At a news conference Stiller indicated, "I think it would be really fun. There are a couple of ideas floating around."

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