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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).

“47 Meters Down”

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 or produced for 2017 distribution by an independent distributor or a studio (or its specialty division).

Grosses include all reported grosses up to September 19, 2017. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon. (Last year’s list can be found here.)

1. “47 Meters Down”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios (acquired from Dimension Films)
Release Date: June 16th
Opening Theater Count: 2,270
Opening Average: $4,936
Current Gross: $44,235,023

2. “The Big Sick”
Distributor: Amazon and Lionsgate (acquired at Sundance)
Release Date: June 23rd
Opening Theater Count: 5
Opening Average: $84,315
Current Gross: $42,487,093

3. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
Distributor: STX (produced by EuropaCorp)
Release Date: July 21st
Opening Theater Count: 3,553
Opening Average: $4,787
Current Gross: $40,442,321

“The Big Sick”

4. “Kidnap”
Distributor: Avrion (acquired at Cannes market)
Release Date: August 4th
Opening Theater Count: 2,378
Opening Average: $4,212
Current Gross: $30,423,058

5. “Wind River”
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: August 4th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $40,390
Current Gross: $29,141,212

6. “Logan Lucky”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Release Date: August 18th
Opening Theater Count: 3,031
Opening Average: $2,507
Current Gross: $26,826,677

“Logan Lucky”

7. “Gifted”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: April 7th
Opening Theater Count: 56
Opening Average: $7,791
Current Gross: $24,801,212

8. “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”
Distributor: Great India Films
Release Date: April 28th
Opening Theater Count: 425
Opening Average: $24,364
Current Gross: $20,186,659

9. “Leap!”
Distributor: Weinstein Company
Release Date: August 25th
Opening Theater Count: 2,575
Opening Average: $1,837
Current Gross: $18,705,564

10. “The Zookeeper’s Wife”
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: March 31st
Opening Theater Count: 541
Opening Average: $6,079
Current Gross: $17,445,186


11. “Detroit”
Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
Release Date: July 28th
Opening Theater Count: 20
Opening Average: $17,510
Current Gross: $16,750,421

12. “Wish Upon”
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
Release Date: July 14th
Opening Theater Count: 2,250
Opening Average: $2,430
Current Gross: $14,271,046

13. “It Comes at Night”
Distributor: A24
Release Date: June 11th
Opening Theater Count: 2,533
Opening Average: $2,364
Current Gross: $13,985,117

“It Comes at Night”

Screenshot/Eric McNatt/A24

14. “Megan Leavey”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Release Date: June 11th
Opening Theater Count: 1,956
Opening Average: $1,948
Current Gross: $13,406,304

15. “Before I Fall”
Distributor: Open Road Films
Release Date: March 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 2,346
Opening Average: $1,999
Current Gross: $12,241,122

“The Beguiled”

Ben Rothstein / Focus Features

16. “The Beguiled”
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: June 23rd
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $57,323
Current Gross: $10,576,669

17. “The Belko Experiment”
Distributor: BH Tilt
Release Date: March 17th
Opening Theater Count: 1,341
Opening Average: $3,085
Current Gross: $10,166,820

18. “The Lost City of Z”
Distributor: Bleecker Street, Amazon
Release Date: April 14th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $27,544
Current Gross: $8,580,410

Charlotte Le Bon as Ana Khesarian and Christian Bale as Chris Myers in The Promise. Directed by Terry George.

“The Promise”

Jose Haro

19. “The Promise”
Distributor: Open Road Films (acquired at TIFF)
Release Date: April 21st
Opening Theater Count: 2,251
Opening Average: $1,820
Current Gross: $8,224,288

20. “I Am Not Your Negro”
Distributor: Magnolia
Release Date: February 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 43
Opening Average: $15,962
Current Gross: $7,123,919

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