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by Peter Knegt
August 27, 2013 11:49 AM
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The Top Grossing Indie Films of Summer 2013 (A Running List)

"The Way, Way Back" Sundance

The summer movie season is quickly coming to close, and while most of the box office related attention has been paid to the various $100 million opening weekends (or lack thereof) meeting the likes of various superhero movies, we're keeping a little list of the little guys here at Indiewire.

Back in early May we previewed the 15 films that might break out (a few of which already seem on their way), but here's a list of the actual box office results for the top grossing indies so far this summer. The list includes North American grosses for all films that opened in initial limited release (by an indie distributor or studio specialty division) on or after April 24th, 2013 (we realized the unofficial kick off to the summer movie season is May, but indies expand slowly, so it seemed fair to add an extra week on), and will be regularly updated Tuesday mornings (more commentary on the results will be added as the summer continues).

Jeff Nichols' "Mud" -- released on the first weekend of eligibility -- the leader so far (crossing the $20 million mark), though newer entries "Blue Jasmine," "The Way, Way Back" and "Fruitvale Station" have quickly climbing grosses that could eventually challenge Mr. McConaughey and company.


1. Mud (Roadside Attractions) - $21,581,886
2. The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight) - $18,628,097
3. Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) - $15,185,249
4. Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) - $14,471,489
5. Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics) - $8,016,064
6. The Bling Ring (A24) - $5,831,740
7. Much Ado About Nothing (Roadside Attractions) - $4,252,257
8. Twenty Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) - $4,245,286   
9. Frances Ha (IFC Films) - $4,037,627
10. The East (Fox Searchlight) - $2,274,649
11. The Iceman (Millennium) - $1,969,193
12. The Spectacular Now (A24) - 1,904,412
13. Fill The Void (Sony Pictures Classics) - $1,752,838
14. Blackfish (Magnolia) - $1,638,411
15. Unfinished Song (The Weinstein Company) - $1,611,250

Last updated August 27/13. Click on the film titles for more information and stories about each film.


  • John Crawford | July 24, 2013 4:41 PMReply

    Why are so many films missing? Looks like someone paid indiewire a bit of dough to post this and make the way way back look more appealing and it actually is!

  • Peter Knegt | July 25, 2013 8:16 AM

    No films are missing.

  • Alex Gonçalves | July 18, 2013 3:41 PMReply

    Where is "The Place Beyond the Pines"? And "Spring Breakers"? And "Quartet"?

  • Peter Knegt | July 25, 2013 8:16 AM

    They were released prior to the summer.

  • serpico | July 2, 2013 11:51 AMReply

    Love that people gravitated towards "Mud". More films need to be set in middle America that don't exploit or deface its people. Jeff Nichols is remarkable.

  • SB | June 25, 2013 3:25 PMReply

    What happened to Spring Breakers??? Also, does anyone know the production budget for Mud????? Lots of successful stories this year.

  • Alex Gonçalves | July 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    "Mud" costs 10 million.

  • Neil | June 14, 2013 11:55 AMReply

    How about What Maisie Knew?

  • peter knegt | June 16, 2013 5:07 PM

    What Maisie Knew has always been listed in the table, and is currently #8.

  • Neil | June 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    WMK is not listed in the table, but was in the article...

  • jingmei | June 12, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    Happy for Frances Ha, although The East bit low so far.