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The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2017 (A Running List)

Refreshed weekly, here's a chart of 2017's twenty highest-grossing specialty films (so far).

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“I Am Not Your Negro”

Please note: The below list only includes domestic (U.S. and Canada only, unless otherwise indicated) grosses for specialty films — indie, foreign (including Bollywood films that open in limited release) and/or documentary — that opened in limited release (599 screens and under) in 2017 and/or were acquired for 2017 distribution by an independent distributor or a studio (or its speciality division). It also includes films that screened only as an Academy-qualifier in 2016.

Grosses include all reported grosses up to March 21, 2017. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon. (Last year’s list can be found here.)

1. “I Am Not Your Negro”
Distributor: Magnolia
Release Date: February 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 43
Opening Average: $15,962
Current Gross: $6,421,343

2. “Table 19″
Distributor: Fox Searchlight (acquired at Sundance)
Release Date: March 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 868
Opening Average: $1,821
Current Gross: $3,500,201

3. “Raees”
Distributor: Zee TV
Release Date: January 25th
Opening Theater Count: 265
Opening Average: $6,768
Current Gross: $3,262,954

4. “A United Kingdom”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight (acquired at TIFF)
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $16,628
Current Gross: $3,162,212

5. “The Oscar Nominated Short Films”
Distributor: Shorts International
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 206
Opening Average: $3,361
Current Gross: $2,824,661

6. “The Salesman”
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Release Date: January 7th
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $23,693
Current Gross: $2,207,494

The Salesman

“The Salesman”

Cohen Media Group

7. “Un Padre No Tan Padre”
Distributor: Pantelion
Release Date: January 27th
Opening Theater Count: 312
Opening Average: $3,137
Current Gross: $2,156,047

8. “Everybody Loves Somebody”
Distributor: Pantelion
Release Date: February 17th
Opening Theater Count: 333
Opening Average: $2,784
Current Gross: $1,906,294

10. “Jolly Llb 2”
Distributor: FIP
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 173
Opening Average: $4,476
Current Gross: $1,654,254

11. “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”
Distributor: FIP
Release Date: March 10th
Opening Theater Count: 152
Opening Average: $5,671
Current Gross: $1,584,711

12. “Kedi”
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 1
Opening Average: $40,103
Current Gross: $1,420,458



13. “The Red Turtle”
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics (acquired at Cannes)
Release Date: January 20th
Opening Theater Count: 17
Opening Average: $7,003
Current Gross: $788,396

14. “Bitter Harvest”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: February 24th
Opening Theater Count: 127
Opening Average: $1,735
Current Gross: $542,559

15. “The Sense of an Ending”
Distributor: CBS Films
Release Date: March 10th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $9,923
Current Gross: $533,044

16. “Confidential Assignment”
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Release Date: January 27th
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $10,614
Current Gross: $475,618

17. “Duckweed”
Distributor: China Lion
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 27
Opening Average: $5,953
Current Gross: $469,706

“A United Kingdom”

18. “Kung Fu Yoga”
Distributor: Well Go USA
Release Date: January 27th
Opening Theater Count: 14
Opening Average: $7,999
Current Gross: $362,657

19. “Ok Jaanu”
Distributor: FIP
Release Date: January 13th
Opening Theater Count: 121
Opening Average: $1,868
Current Gross: $355,922

20. “The Last Word”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Release Date: March 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $7,908
Current Gross: $353,752

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