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May 31, 2012 4:41 PM
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Judi Dench, Box Office Queen: 'Exotic Marigold Hotel' Hits $100 Million

"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Never underestimate the power of demographic that's almost always ignored. Fox Searchlight has announced that John Madden's older-skewing "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" has crossed the $100 million mark worldwide.

Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and Dev Patel, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" depicts a group of British senior citizens who head to India to retire. It opened in North America three weeks ago, after already grossing nearly $80 million internationally.  In its native UK, it's the fourth highest grossing film of the year, after "The Avengers," "The Hunger Games" and "The Woman in Black". Its also the fourth best international grossing film released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures, behind only "Black Swan" ($224.6M), "The Full Monty" ($212M), and "The Descendants" ($93.2M).

But  a very successful wide expansion over Memorial Day weekend has pushed its worldwide gross past the century mark. And that marks quite the milestone.  It's already topped the worldwide grosses of similar older-skewing hits like "The Queen" and "Calendar Girls," and there's likely much more where that came from.  The film is really just getting started Stateside. This weekend should see the film cross the $20 million mark, making it the only platform release to do so domestically in 2012. The $30 million mark is a certainty, and time will tell beyond that.

“'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' continues to perform beyond our wildest expectations," Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley said. "It is a true humanist story that resonates with audiences of all ages everywhere and is a return to pure character driven drama.  John Madden is a master storyteller and has drawn great performances from the crème de la crème of British cinema."

Considering the quicky aging American population, perhaps the film's performance should make others take notice. There's a lot of folks out there the same age as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. And, clearly, they like to go to the movies too.

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3 Comments

  • @Peter knegt | June 1, 2012 11:35 PMReply

    Slumdog Millionaire is the Highest Grossing Film Released by Fox Searchlight not Black Swan.It Grossed Over $377 million Worldwide. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=slumdogmillionaire.htm

  • best exotic hotel marigold | May 31, 2012 9:07 PMReply

    I love coming out of the movie hugging myself, it was such a lovely movie.Judy and Maggie are absolutely fabulous and can still hold an audience spellbound, It was great seeing a movie about older people that refuse to be "put out to grass' I am nearly 90 and I LOVED it!!
    I've seen anumber of Judi's move and still watch the tv. version As time goes by. It's old but I still love it Thank you Judi.

  • Carthy | May 31, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    I went to see "Marigold Hotel" the day it opened. I figured nearly summer, older actors, set in India--they crowd would be decent maybe, but OK (I hate seeing movies in crowds). When I got there, the place was literally packed--if it hadn't been for the section right in front of the screen, the place would've been sold out. And based on who I could see around me, I may have been the only person in the room under 60; it didn't bother me, except no one else seemed to be consuming refreshments. I felt self-conscious munching popcorn and drinking my Icee.