The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 comedy-drama film directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker. It is the sequel to the 2011 sleeper hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and features an ensemble cast consisting of stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Rajesh Tailang, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Tamsin Greig, Dev Patel and Richard Gere.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
UK release poster
Directed byJohn Madden
Produced byGraham Broadbent
Peter Czernin
Written byOl Parker
StarringJudi Dench
Maggie Smith
Bill Nighy
Dev Patel
Celia Imrie
Penelope Wilton
Ronald Pickup
David Strathairn
Richard Gere
Music byThomas Newman
CinematographyBen Smithard
Edited byJohn Madden
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • 26 February 2015 (2015-02-26) (United Kingdom)
  • 6 March 2015 (2015-03-06) (United States)
Running time
122 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States[2]
Budget$10 million[3]
Box office$90.4 million[4]


Muriel Donnelly and Sonny Kapoor travel to San Diego, California to propose a plan to hotel magnate Ty Burley for buying and opening a second hotel in India as a companion to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. They are told that a company inspector will anonymously visit India to evaluate the project.

Back in Jaipur, Evelyn Greenslade is offered a job as a fabric buyer. She is concerned that at age 79, the job will require many responsibilities and considerable travel. Douglas Ainslie, who is in love with Evelyn, is worried about losing time with her as well, and also eager to introduce her to his daughter.

Sonny's life becomes complicated by plans for his upcoming wedding to Sunaina, plus a possible rival for her affections and his business interests. He is also desperate to impress American visitor Guy Chambers, whom he immediately identifies as the American hotel chain's anonymous inspector. Noting the interest Guy has taken in Sonny's mother, he encourages a romantic relationship between them at first, then angrily resents it when he concludes Guy is not the inspector after all.

Madge Hardcastle's dilemma is deciding between two suitors from India and which to wed. Norman Cousins becomes frantic when he believes a local taxi driver mistakenly assumed Norman wanted a fatal accident to befall his current sweetheart, Carol, but then discovers that she has been sleeping with other men. And Douglas' daughter arrives for a visit with his estranged wife Jean (who returned to the UK at the end of the previous film) seeking a divorce so that she can remarry.

Muriel, while having received bad news from a medical appointment, struggles to keep Sonny from ruining his wedding, his business and his future, having become quite fond of him. Decisions come to a head for all during the colourful wedding of Sonny and Sunaina.



On 29 October 2012, Vulture reported that screenwriter Ol Parker was consulted to deliver a treatment to Fox Searchlight Pictures executives for a sequel titled The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Most of the cast agreed to come back.[6] On 28 October 2013, Radio Times revealed that the cast would be flying to India to shoot the sequel film in January 2014.[5]


On 2 December 2012, Showbiz411 stated that Colin Firth and Helen Mirren might join the ensemble cast of the film (they ultimately did not).[7] On 28 October 2013 Radio Times stated that Penelope Wilton confirmed the cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie, would return for the sequel, set to start filming in January 2014.[5] On 30 October, Deadline reported that Richard Gere was in talks to join the ensemble cast of the sequel.[8] Later on 10 January 2014, Gere confirmed his new role in the film; other newcomers added to the film include Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn.[9]


Principal photography began on 10 January 2014 in Jaipur, India.[10]


The first trailer was released on 7 August 2014, with the title The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel announced.[11]


The film was released in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland on 26 February 2015, and in the United States on 6 March 2015.[12]


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedFebruary 20, 2015 (2015-02-20)
LabelSony Classical

After the success of the first part, Thomas Newman returned to compose music for the sequel. The Soundtrack Album consisting of 28 tracks was released on 20 February 2015.[13] The Soundtrack included various songs by Indian Artists including Pritam, Himesh Reshammiya and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

All tracks are written by Thomas Newman (except where noted).


Box office

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel grossed $33.1 million in North America and $52.9 million in other territories for a total gross of $86 million, against a budget of $10 million.[14]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel topped the UK box office during its first week, earning £3.8 million.[15] It stayed top of the UK box office chart for a second week, grossing over £1.9 million[16] and held on to the top spot for the third week in a row, fended off competition from latest Liam Neeson actioner, Run All Night, and claimed £1.4 million in total.[17] In the United States, the India-set comedy opened strong at number three at the US box office with an estimated $8.6 million in its first weekend of release. India-themed films rarely climb this high on the US box office charts. Even Hollywood studio films such as The Hundred Foot Journey, and Million Dollar Arm never made it to the top three at any time during their runs despite playing in more theaters than Marigold. During its opening weekend, the film also scored the highest average gross of any film in wide release, averaging $5,467 from 1,573 theaters.[18]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of rating of 64%, based on 175 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's consensus reads, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about as original as its title—but with a cast this talented and effortlessly charming, that hardly matters."[19] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20] According to CinemaScore, audiences gave the film a grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[21]

Peter Debruge of Variety wrote: "It’s not so common to find an ensemble of this caliber so enthusiastic to work together, and that chemistry comes across."[22] Leslie Felper of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a sluggish also-ran compared to its predecessor."[23]

See also


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  2. "BFI Statistics 2015: UK independent films win audiences in a blockbuster box office year". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. "Box Office Preview: 'Chappie' Edging Out 'Unfinished Business' in Slow Weekend". Variety. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. Dowell, Ben (28 October 2013). "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 to start filming in January". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  6. Brodesser-Akner, Claude (30 October 2012). "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sequel Script on Way: Hollywood Now Drawn to Senior Set". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. Friedman, Roger (2 December 2012). "Helen Mirren, Colin Firth Will Join "Exotic Marigold" Sequel". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  8. Fleming Jr, Mike (30 October 2013). "Richard Gere Courted For 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2′". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  9. Fleming Jr, Mike (10 January 2014). "Richard Gere Checks Into 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2′". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  10. Bhaskaran, Gautaman (11 January 2014). "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel begins shoot in Jaipur". Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  11. Anderton, Ethan (7 August 2014). "Richard Gere Arrives in 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Trailer". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  12. Release Info at IMDb
  13. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Thomas Newman on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  14. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  15. "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel beats Fifty Shades at UK box office". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  16. "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stays top of UK box office chart". Digital Spy. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  17. "Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel wins UK box office again". Digital Spice. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  18. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Opens at #3 at US Box Office". Bolly Spice. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  19. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  20. "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  21. "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 20 December 2018.
  22. Debruge, Peter; Debruge, Peter (17 February 2015). "Film Review: 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'". Variety.
  23. Leslie Felper (17 February 2015). "'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
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