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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).

4101_D009_03963_RJessica Chastain stars as Antonina Zabinski in director Niki Caro's THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, a Focus Features release.Credit: Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features

“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

Anne Marie Fox

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 April 25, 2017. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon. (Last year’s list can be found here.)

1. “The Zookeeper’s Wife”
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: March 31st
Opening Theater Count: 541
Opening Average: $6,079
Current Gross: $13,162,475

2. “Before I Fall”
Distributor: Open Road Films
Release Date: March 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 2,346
Opening Average: $1,999
Current Gross: $12,230,791

3. “The Belko Experiment”
Distributor: BH Tilt
Release Date: March 17th
Opening Theater Count: 1,341
Opening Average: $3,085
Current Gross: $9,644,485

James Baldwin Raoul Peck I am Not Your Negro

“I Am Not Your Negro”

4. “I Am Not Your Negro”
Distributor: Magnolia
Release Date: February 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 43
Opening Average: $15,962
Current Gross: $7,014,658

5. “The Promise”
Distributor: Open Road Films (acquired at TIFF)
Release Date: April 21st
Opening Theater Count: 2,251
Opening Average: $1,820
Current Gross: $4,095,718

6. “Your Name.”
Distributor: FUNimation
Release Date: April 7th
Opening Theater Count: 290
Opening Average: $5,662
Current Gross: $4,074,629

7. “A United Kingdom”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight (acquired at TIFF)
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $16,628
Current Gross: $3,56,854

8. “Table 19″
Distributor: Fox Searchlight (acquired at Sundance)
Release Date: March 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 868
Opening Average: $1,821
Current Gross: $3,614,896

Table 19 Anna Kendrick

“Table 19”

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

10. “The Oscar Nominated Short Films”
Distributor: Shorts International
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 206
Opening Average: $3,361
Current Gross: $2,835,355

11. “Kedi”
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Release Date: February 10th
Opening Theater Count: 1
Opening Average: $40,103
Current Gross: $2,460,692

12. “The Salesman”
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Release Date: January 7th
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $23,693
Current Gross: $2,402,067

13. “The Lost City of Z”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Release Date: April 14th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $27,544
Current Gross: $2,270,953

The Lost City of Z

“The Lost City of Z”

Aidan Monaghan

14. “T2 Trainspotting”
Distributor: Tri-Star
Release Date: March 17th
Opening Theater Count: 5
Opening Average: $34,115
Current Gross: $2,198,746

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

16. “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”
Distributor: FIP
Release Date: March 10th
Opening Theater Count: 152
Opening Average: $5,671
Current Gross: $1,993,259

17. “Everybody Loves Somebody”
Distributor: Pantelion
Release Date: February 17th
Opening Theater Count: 333
Opening Average: $2,784
Current Gross: $1,915,789

“Phoenix Forgotten”

18. “Phoenix Forgotten”
Distributor: Cinelou Films
Release Date: April 21st
Opening Theater Count: 1,592
Opening Average: $1,141
Current Gross: $1,816,499

19. “The Last Word”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Release Date: March 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $7,908
Current Gross: $1,669,253

20. “Slamma Jamma”
Distributor: River Rain
Release Date: March 24th
Opening Theater Count: 502
Opening Average: $3,361
Current Gross: $1,687,000


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