National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

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Walt Disney Pictures Released 2007

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Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG

Benjamin Franklin Gates seeks to solve a mystery: The death of Abraham Lincoln. He is convinced that the truth lies in 18 pages that have gone missing from the diary of the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and even more so after one of them turns up. During his talk on the matter, Mitch Wilkinson produces a page that presents his great-grandfather, Thomas, as one of the conspirators. Ben, of course, refuses to accept his ancestor's guilt. Pursuing the mystery takes Ben, Abigail Chase and Riley Poole on a globetrotting journey that involves breaking into Buckingham Palace, confronting Ben's divorced mother and abducting the president to get access to a certain book. In the end, the clues point to the legendary Cibola, the City of Gold, but can the conspirators get there before somebody else does?

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times

    Like its predecessor, "National Treasure," this sequel amounts to a bunch of crossword puzzle answers stitched together with explosions, chases and displays of intuitive reasoning ...

  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    Graced with some extra star wattage courtesy of Helen Mirren and Ed Harris, this diminishing-returns sequel sends Nicolas Cage on another quest to strike it rich, get young auds ex...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Everything has been significantly amped up -- bigger, louder, further removed from reality -- but it also feels that much more forced. Cage and Kruger seem like they're not having ...

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    • Production budget - $130,000,000
      Domestic gross - $219,964,115 (8th)
      Worldwide gross - $457,364,600 (9th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $271,757,991
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $535,143,173

    • Production companies:
      Jerry Bruckheimer Films
      Junction Entertainment
      Saturn Films
      Sparkler Entertainment
      NT2 Productions
      Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (CA distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Gallery Bar and Cognac Room, Biltmore Hotel, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Santa Clarita, California
      Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London, England
      South Pasadena, California
      Falls Lake, Backlot, Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia
      Greystone Park & Mansion, Beverly Hills, California
      Lancaster House, The Mall, St. James's, London, England
      Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia
      Los Angeles, California
      Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota
      Mount Vernon, Virginia
      New York Street, Backlot, Universal City, California
      Pont de Grenelle, Paris, France
      Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, Surrey, England
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California
      Sylvan Lake, South Dakota
      Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia
      University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
      Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California

    • Music:
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      Performed by Randy Travis
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      Performed by Randy Travis

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