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Funny Senior Flick ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is Record Setter


Reviewers and others loving this comedy about British seniors who retire to a hotel in India; top grossing specialty movie of 2012

June 1, 2012 – Just when about every senior citizen in the world is complaining about there is nothing to see at the movies that does not include vampires, werewolves or some other beast, a comedy film about senior citizens has just become one of the top films in the world.

“’The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is a sleeper of a hit with old and young alike, showing audiences do care about the lives of older folks,” writes Betsey Bruner, Arts and Culture Editor, Arizona Daily Sun, in her thumbs up review of the movie about British senior citizens who retire to India.

She is among many calling it a “sleeper.”

Today it was announced the film has reached $100 million in worldwide gross receipts. The film has amassed nearly $20 million in U.S. box-office receipts since it began its platform release May 4th. Opening in select cities, it has become the seventh highest grossing film for Fox Searchlight Pictures in just over three weeks – also making it the highest grossing specialty film of 2012.

As it expanded to over 1200 screens over the Memorial Day holiday, the film came in with a four-day box-office gross of $8.4 million, placing it #8 in the top ten films — behind tent-poles playing on nearly three times as many screens. The film had already grossed $81.2M overseas since February.

The movie features a cast of older British actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Bill Nighy, and tells the story of these older English pensioners who seek to retire at what they are led to believe is an upscale hotel in India. It turns out to not live up to its luxury billing but has a charm of its own.

The long list of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes seems to like it, too.

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