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The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2018 (A Running List)

Refreshed weekly, here's a chart of 2018's twenty highest-grossing specialty films.

"Isle of Dogs"

“Isle of Dogs”

The below list only includes domestic (U.S. and Canada only, unless otherwise indicated) grosses for specialty films — which we define to include independent, foreign (including Bollywood films), and/or documentary films — that opened in limited release (599 screens and under) in 2018 AND/OR were acquired or produced for 2018 distribution by an independent distributor (including STX Films, Annapurna, A24, Entertainment Studios, Amazon, Netflix, Aviron, and Bleecker Street) or a studio or its specialty division (including Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, and Focus Features).

When provided, this list also includes budgets for each film. Last year’s list can be found here.

Grosses include all reported grosses (via BoxOfficeMojo) up to April 17, 2018. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon.

1. “I Can Only Imagine”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): $7M
Release Date: March 16
Opening Theater Count: 1,627
Opening Average: $10,513
Current Gross: $75,678,399

2. “Den of Thieves”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $30M
Release Date: January 19
Opening Theater Count: 2,432
Opening Average: $6,253
Current Gross: $44,947,622

3. “Strangers: Prey at Night”
Distributor: Aviron Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 2,464
Opening Average: $4,222
Current Gross: $24,233,434

The Strangers: Prey at Night CR: Brian Dogulas

“The Strangers: Prey at Night”

Brian Dogulas

4. “Isle of Dogs”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 23
Opening Theater Count: 27
Opening Average: $59,825
Current Gross: $19,462,209

5. “Forever My Girl”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): $3.5M
Release Date: January 19
Opening Theater Count: 1,114
Opening Average: $3,811
Current Gross: $16,349,705

6. “Padmaavat”
Distributor: Viva Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 324
Opening Average: $13,674
Current Gross: $11,846,060

7. “Chappaquiddick”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: April 6
Opening Theater Count: 1,560
Opening Average: $3,696
Current Gross: $11,392,742

8. “Midnight Sun”
Distributor: Global Road (Open Road)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 23
Opening Theater Count: 2,173
Opening Average: $1,843
Current Gross: $9,406,720

9. “Unsane”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 26
Opening Theater Count: 2,023
Opening Average: $1,860
Current Gross: $7,732,899

“Unsane”

10. “The Miracle Season”
Distributor: Mirror
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: April 6
Opening Theater Count: 1,707
Opening Average: $2,314
Current Gross: $7,212,481

11. “The Death of Stalin”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $46,201
Current Gross: $6,369,519

12. “The Hurricane Heist”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Budget (if reported): $35M
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 2,402
Opening Average: $1,259
Current Gross: $6,108,681

13. “Every Day”
Distributor: Orion Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 23
Opening Theater Count: 1,667
Opening Average: $1,809
Current Gross: $6,102,076

14. “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness”
Distributor: Pure Flix
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 30
Opening Theater Count: 1,693
Opening Average: $1,589
Current Gross: $5,450,422

15. “Gringo”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 2,404
Opening Average: $1,132
Current Gross: $4,969,853

“Gringo”

16. “Samson”
Distributor: Pure Flix
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 16
Opening Theater Count: 1,249
Opening Average: $1,556
Current Gross: $4,719,591

17. “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018”
Distributor: Shorts International
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 9
Opening Theater Count: 198
Opening Average: $3,510
Current Gross: $3,508,777

18. “7 Days in Entebbe”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 16
Opening Theater Count: 838
Opening Average: $1,901
Current Gross: $3,189,220

19. “Thoroughbreds”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 549
Opening Average: $2,230
Current Gross: $2,830,775

20. “La Boda de Valentina”
Distributor: Pantelion
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 9
Opening Theater Count: 331
Opening Average: $3,465
Current Gross: $2,783,739

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