The whimsical comedy, starring Ralph Fiennes alongside various star cameos, has overtaken The Royal Tenenbaums as Andersen's most financially successful film with $104m
With a global box office taking of $104m and rising, The Grand Budapest Hotel has become Wes Anderson's highest-grossing film. It's the first to take over $100m, beating The Royal Tenenbaums' haul of $71m in 2001 and Moonrise Kingdom's $68m in 2012.
The film, inspired by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, stars Ralph Fiennes as the proprietor of the titular hotel,who becomes embroiled in a madcap caper after one of his aged guests – who he has slept with the previous night – is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A panoply of Hollywood stars including Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and Bill Murray crop up in cameo roles throughout. Guardian and Observer critics were united in their praise, with Peter Bradshaw calling it "a deeply pleasurable immersion".
The success marks a gradual creep from the cult towards the mainstream for Anderson. His early films Bottle Rocket and Rushmore helped establish the careers of Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzmann, the latter film also marking the start of Bill Murray's celebrated lugubrious late period. Throughout further pictures like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited and his animated take on Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, he honed a signature style, where the whimsy of romantics chafes against wittily stilted production design.
America arguably remains a little lukewarm to his specific charms – 62% of the gross for The Grand Budapest Hotel came from overseas, with enthusiastic audiences in the UK ($16m) and France ($11m).
Anderson alluded very vaguely to details of his next, unannounced project in an interview with The Playlist last month, which he is working on with Roman Coppola, his co-writer on The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom. "I do have some ideas for the next thing I want to make which is very complicated," he said. "I'm not even sure if it even is a movie. But hopefully it is... It's a little bit vaguely avant-garde in its concept and I'm just not sure if it's going to quite gel... it's a thing where maybe there's many things happening at once."
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