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The Highest Grossing LGBT Films Since 2010 (UPDATED)

The Highest Grossing LGBT Films Since 2010 (UPDATED)

Not too long ago we posted this story about the considerable lack of box office hits featuring lead LGBT characters in the past few years — especially when compared to the 1990s and 2000s. In the 1990s, 48 films with a lead LGBT character grossed over $1 million at the box office. In the 2000s, 20 did. So far in the 2010s, there are 12 examples. 

Ira Sachs’ "Love is Strange," Craig Johnson’s "The Skeleton Twins," Matthew Warchus’ "Pride" and Morten Tyldum’s "The Imitation Game" joined the all-too-exclusive LGBT million dollar box office club last year, while Paul Weitz’s "Grandma" did so this past summer. Unfortunately, "Stonewall" and "Freeheld" both crashed and burned this fall, though all eyes are on "Carol" and "The Danish Girl" to push the number to 13.

Check out the chart below — which tracks the grosses of LGBT films since 2010. And before you take to the comments, we know you could arguably also include "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Your Sister’s Sister" and "Beginners," though in all four cases the LGBT characters (played by Ezra Miller, Jared Leto, Rosemarie DeWitt and Christopher Plummer, respectively) are supporting a heterosexual lead, so we’ve decided to keep to leads.

1. The Imitation Game (2014)
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Opening Weekend Average: $119,838  per 4 theaters
Widest Release: 2,402 theaters 
Final Gross: $91,035,333

2. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Distributor: Focus Features 
Opening Weekend Average: $70,282 per 7 theaters
Widest Release: 994 theaters
Final Gross: $20,811,365

3. Grandma (2015)

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Weekend Average: $28,885 per 4 theaters
Widest Release: 1,061 theaters 

Final Gross: $6,864,779

4. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Weekend Average: $25,379 per 15 theaters
Widest Release: 461 theaters 
Final Gross: $5,284,309

5. Love is Strange (2014)
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Weekend Average: $23,455 per 5 theaters
Widest Release: 138 theaters
Final Gross: $2,262,223

6. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) 
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Weekend Average: $25,079 per 4 theaters
Widest Release: 142 theaters
Final Gross: $2,199,787 

7. I Love You, Phillip Morris (2010) 
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Weekend Average: $18,753 per 6 theaters
Widest Release: 100 theaters
Final Gross:  $2,037,459

8. Farewell My Queen (2012) 
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Opening Weekend Average: $18,025 per 4 theaters
Widest Release: 64 theaters
Final Gross: $1,597,998

9. Pride (2014)
Distributor: CBS Films
Opening Weekend Average: $14,133 per 6 theaters
Widest Release: 124 theaters 
Final Gross: $1,446,634


10. I’m So Excited (2013) 
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Weekend Average: $19,466 per 5 theaters
Widest Release: 99 theaters
Final Gross: $1,368,119

11. La Mission (2010) 
Distributor: Screen Media
Opening Weekend Average: $23,455 per 5 theaters
Widest Release: 47 theaters
Final Gross: $1,062,940

12. Kill Your Darlings (2013) 
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Weekend Average: $13,363 per 4 theaters
Widest Release: 78 theaters
Final Gross: $1,030,064 



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Comments

Yousra Th.

Where is "The Normal Heart"?

Wyler

Cloud Atlas #1! It made 27 million.

Will C

Yousra, "The Normal Heart" wouldn’t be on here. It was an HBO film and, unlike "Behind the Candelabra", didn’t have the ability to transcend into cinema internationally. If it had a limited release from, say, Focus or TWC, then maybe.

Sharon

So basically to make money you have to cast straight people. How horrifically sad.

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Tommy G

STRANGER BY THE LAKE – $325,200

Joseph

A question: you say you include only films in which an LGBT character is the lead, but then include 2 films where the LGBT character is supporting (Farewell, My Queen and La Mission). By that definition, shouldn’t the likes of Cloud Atlas ($27.1 million), Dallas Buyers Club ($27.9 million), Jersey Boys (#47 million), and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ($46.4 million)?

Inna

Or have a good story.

Sue

The best one by far is A Single Man and its a shame that its virtually unknown and unseen. Colin Firth gave the best performance of his career in that film. He was just heartbreaking and amazing. He made me cry, which I almost never do in real life or at the movies. An unforgettable performance.

sxg

@Sharon So gay roles are only allowed to be played by gay actors/actresses??? Well how about a little outrage on gay men/women playing straight roles??? When it comes to movie roles, your sexuality shouldn’t matter. What matters is that the actor/actress can best portray the character in the project. I only would find it an issue if the person playing the gay character is a republican in real life. That boggles my mind.

@SXG

The point is that bankable stars are most likely straight (with or without quotation marks.) In an ideal world it doesn’t matter, but straight actors are more likely praised for portraying a marginalized identity and experience they’re supposed to have no/less clue about. Meanwhile, a gay actor portraying a straight role is somehow living up to societal expectations, the norm anyway. It’s the "straight savior syndrome" on the award bait meter.

Serena

Well, “Bruno” grossed $138,805,831 . Does it not count because it’s a comedy?

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