Eagerly awaited sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, with Ben Stiller and Amy Adams, opens in theaters Friday. Much of the movie is set at the National Air and Space Museum, though it also features artworks and treasures from other sites on the National Mall. According to a USA Today story, the Smithsonian already draws 10 million visitors over the summer months, but it's hoping to see a bump in attendance because of the movie. And why not? The earlier movie's setting, New York's American Museum of Natural History, saw a 25 percent increase in attendance after the movie came out, according to the same article. That got us wondering about museums and other spots that tourists typically visit, resulting in this week's top lists. — compiled by Anne Glover, Times Staff Writer
m 1. Times Square, New York City: 37.6 million
2. The Las Vegas Strip: 30 million
3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington: 25 million
4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston: 20 million
5. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista: 17.1 million (Universal and SeaWorld in Orlando were at Nos. 12 and 13, with 6.2 million and 5.8 million respectively; Busch Gardens clocked in at No. 20 with 4.4 million)
Five from the 50 best-reviewed flicks of all time
You won't see a top 5 movie list like this just anywhere. But the Web site Rotten Tomatoes has issued its top 50 best reviewed movies of all time. RT used a weighted formula that adjusted its Tomatometer scores to account for the different number of reviews for each film as well as the average amount of reviews for older movies. And no film with fewer than 20 reviews qualified. (The site had a way more complicated explanation than that, but trust us, you don't want to think about the math too hard.) The result? This admittedly wacky list of a top 5:
. 1. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
2. The Third Man (1949)
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
4. Modern Times (1936)
5. The Godfather (1972)
(Citizen Kane lovers, please direct your ire to rottentomatoes.com)
Top weekend movies
1. Angels & Demons, $48 million
2. Star Trek, $43 million
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $14.8 million
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, $6.9 million
5. Obsessed, $4.6 million
Source: Associated Press
Top 5 prime-time TV shows
1. American Idol, Wednesday: 23.57 million viewers.
2. American Idol, Tuesday: 23.41 million viewers.
3. Dancing with the Stars, 20.28 million viewers.
4. NCIS, 16.72 million viewers.
5. The Mentalist, 16.68 million viewers.
Billboard's top 5 country songs
n 1. She's Country, Jason Aldean
2. I Told You So, Carrie Underwood, featuring Randy Travis
3. It Happens, Sugarland
4. It's America, Rodney Atkins
5. Here Comes Goodbye, Rascal Flatts
m 1. The Louvre in Paris: 8.5 million people
2. British Museum in London: 5.9 million
3. The National Gallery of Art in Washington: 4.96 million visitors
4. The Tate Modern in London: 4.95 million
5. Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: 4.82 million
Source: New York Times