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Here's The 30 Top-Grossing Indies of 2011, Led By Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' (UPDATED)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 2, 2012 at 10:48AM

Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" was the overwhelming winner at the specialty box office this year, topping this chart of 2011's top grossers with $56.3 million. That's over $20 million more than the next film on the chart - the still-climbing "Descendants" (it could surpass that total when Oscar season has come and gone) - and the highest gross ever for a Woody Allen film.
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Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." Sony Pictures Classics.

Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" was the overwhelming winner at the specialty box office this year, topping this chart of 2011's top grossers with $56.3 million. That's over $20 million more than the next film on the chart - the still-climbing "Descendants" (it could surpass that total when Oscar season has come and gone) - and the highest gross ever for a Woody Allen film.

While "Paris" is just one of many success stories for Indiewood this year, overall things have taken a slight dive from 2010's big year.

While both years saw six films gross over $10 million, 2011 had only 15 $5 million grossers and 24 $3 million grossers. In 2010, those milestones were reached 19 and 31 times, respectively.

Also notable was that four of the top five films in 2011 came from the year's first half, whereas last year's list was dominated by year-end releases like "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech." While many films have been doing great these past few weeks -- notably "The Artist" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- there's no huge breakouts.

Indiewire will offer a full analysis of the year's winners and losers at the specialty box office thus week. Until then, here's a simple chart of the top 30 grossers.

Note that the grosses reflect numbers up to January 1, 2012. Only films both released in initially limited screen counts (under 1,000 screens) and by specialty distributors were included.

1. Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) - $56,341,186
2. The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) - $39,675,000
3. The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight) - $13,303,319
4. The Conspirator (Roadside Attractions) - $11,538,204
5. Jane Eyre (Focus) - $11,242,660
6. Win Win (Fox Searchlight) - $10,179,275
7. My Week With Marilyn (The Weinstein Company) - $8,964,000
8. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (Codeblack) - $7,706,436
9. Sarah's Key (The Weinstein Company) - $7,693,187
10. Cedar Rapids (Fox Searchlight) - $6,861,102
11. Beginners (Focus) - $5,790,894
12. The Guard (Sony Pictures Classics) - $5,331,189
13. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Sundance Selects) - $5,256,974
14. Margin Call (Roadside Attractions) - $5,195,529
15. The Artist (The Weinstein Company) - $5,142,000
16. Biutiful (Roadside Attractions) - $5,101,237
17. Atlas Shrugged, Part I (Rocky Mountain) - $4,627,375
18. The Company Men (The Weinstein Company) - $4,441,272
19. Barney's Version (Sony Pictures Classics) - $4,439,201
20. The Way (PDA) - $4,117,802
21. Buck (Sundance Selects) - $4,038,912
22. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Focus) - $4,031,000
23. Of Gods and Men (Sony Pictures Classics) - $3,954,651
24. Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage) - $3,324,718
25. From Prada To Nada (Lionsgate) - $3,033,623
26. The Skin I Live In (Sony Pictures Classics) - $2,991,663
27. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight) - $2,897,457
28. Everything Must Go (Roadside Attractions) - $2,711,643
29. The Way Back (Newmarket) - $2,701,859
30. Melancholia (Magnolia) - $2,454,418

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