It's time to go back to the museum, and this time, the adventure's going international.
While they've always had to settle for mixed reviews so far, the Shawn Levy-directed Night at the Museum films have raked in more than $1 billion in worldwide box-office grosses, and they continue to be a hit with families to the extent that, even if you can't stand them, you've probably had a hard time avoiding a glimpse of cable reruns. So it was no surprise when a third film was announced to follow 2009's $400 million hit, Battle of the Smithsonian.
Today, Fox released the trailer for the third installment in the franchise, subtitled Secret of the Tomb, and it packs the same brand of humor and adventure that kept audiences coming back to the first two films, with a twist: The magic of the Egyptian tablet that makes all of the characters in the museum come to life seems to be running out. To save his friends, former security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) must head to London to visit the British Museum, and hopefully learn the secrets of the tablet from the Pharaoh who created it (Ben Kingsley). Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais and more return to reprise their roles, with the addition of new cast members like Kingsley, Dan Stevens and Rebel Wilson, who's featured heavily in the trailer.
Check out the trailer below. If you're a fan of these movies, you'll probably get a kick out of it. If you're already over them, it's probably not the sort of thing that'll change your mind. As for me, I'll admit there were some chuckles.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens Dec. 19.