Richard Gere on 'Marigold Hotel' Sequel Beating 'Fifty Shades': 'We're Much Sexier'

by Zach Seemayer 11:49 PM PST, March 03, 2015
Playing Richard Gere on 'Marigold Hotel' Sequel Beating 'Fifty Shades': 'We're Much Sexier'

The British romantic dramedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which stars celebrated British actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, among many others, knocked the sexy drama Fifty Shades of Grey out of the top spot at the U.K. box office in its opening weekend.

The Marigold Hotel sequel earned $5.8 million, securing the film's position at No. 1. Fifty Shades, however, only took in $3.3 million in its third weekend in British theaters.

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Richard Gere, who walked the red carpet at the film's New York premiere, revealed why Marigold Hotel beat out the raunchy erotic drama.

"We're much sexier," Gere told ET. "Much sexier."

Marigold Hotel director John Madden, who directed both films in the series, was excited to hear the news.

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"We can't offer bondage, but we can offer a bunch of other things," Madden said, smiling. "We offer not quite as many shades of grey in our film, but some very distinguished [grey] heads none the less."

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens March 6.