Comedy On White Retirees In Indian Retreat A Hit
New York: The all-star comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Judi Dench and Dev Patel generated a strong opening in North America as it debuted in limited release with an estimated $750,000 from only 27 theatres for a per-theater average of $27,789 – second best among all films after The Avengers. Set in Rajasthan and directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), the international hit film played to packed houses in a dozen major cities in the U.S. and Canada and has won critical acclaim with Roger Ebert calling it “a charming, funny and heartwarming movie.”
Outside of the U.S., the ensemble hit also had an excellent opening in Mexico helping to raise the international total gross to an impressive $72.4 million thanks to incredibly successful runs in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Hotel will surpass $75 million in global box office by the time it releases in India on May 18.
The film follows a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
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