How 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Became This Summer's Surprise Indie Smash

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is poised to leap out of the arthouse and into the mainstream.

The story of a group of British retirees, grappling with illness and financial burdens, who decide to move to India is hardly the stuff of summer blockbusters. Yet the Fox Searchlight and Participant Media film has quietly racked up nearly $90 million worldwide, with $9.2 million of that haul coming in the United States.


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