Best Marigold Hotel reaches UK box office top spot

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has topped the UK Box Office, taking in an impressive £2.4m in less than two weeks.

The light-hearted comedy drama has managed to push the Hammer horror, The Woman in Black, off the top spot, which took in £1.9m and broke the record for the most successful British horror film ever.

The British-Indian retirement film has an outstanding veteran cast which includes the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson plus Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel.

The film – which is based on Deborah Moggach’s novel  These Foolish Things – sees a group of elderly Brits looking for a cheap retirement home overseas. They are enticed by a misleading advert which claims the newly refurbished Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, India is perfect for a life of luxury. When they arrive however, it’s not as luxurious as they were made to believe.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) has clearly been targeted at an older audience, which is pleasing to see.

It was filmed in India around Udaipur, Rajasthan, which was also the filming location of Octopussy (1983) and Gandhi (1982).

There have been very few films aimed at older people which have had huge box office success like this. One of the most popular OAP flicks of the past few years is Calendar Girls. The 2003 film exceeded £20m at the UK box office nine years ago. More recent films, which have an older audience in mind, include The Queen (Helen Mirren) and The King’s Speech (Colin Firth) which achieved similarly impressive takings.

Other top films in the UK Box office this week include The Muppets and Safe House. 

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