It got overshadowed by “The Avengers”. It earned just $737,000 in its opening weekend. And it’s getting a sequel.

That’s because the film I’m talking about is “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and more. And that film, made for $10 million, earned more than $130 million worldwide, not a bad investment for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Now, the studio wants a sequel with reportedly many of the major players wanting back in.

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