"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is the follow-up to the 2012 hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" which opened in the US in limited release in 27 theatres before building up interest word-of-mouth and eventually reaching nearly 1,300 theatres nationwide. It spent seven weeks in the top ten -- peaking at number six -- and finished its US run with $46.4 million.
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai and Lillete Dubey, among others, returned for the sequel which added Richard Gere to the cast.
The new film also scored the highest average gross of any film in wide release averaging $5,467 from 1,573 theatres. After the success of the opening weekend, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" will add more than 200 additional theatres to its run on the second weekend.