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by Paula Bernstein
September 23, 2013 3:56 PM
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Top 10 (Indie) Movie Rentals in iTunes: 'Mud' Tops The List


We report theatrical box office numbers and now that viewers are increasingly watching films on digital platforms, we'd like to report those numbers as well. Unfortunately, as Liesl Copland eloquently pointed out recently during a presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, digital numbers are not yet available. The iTunes store ranks the top movie rentals and movie purchases, But they don't deliver any specific numbers on how many people have rented or purchased these films.

Starting today, each Monday we will present you with the most up-to-date list of Top 10 (Indie) Movie Rentals in iTunes. Going forward, we hope to be able to provide you with even more information about how indie films are faring on various platforms. Without further ado, here is the inaugural list (number represents North American gross).

1. Mud (Roadside Attractions) - $21,590,086

2. The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus) - $21,403,519

3. Lovelace (RADiUS-TWC) - $356,582

4. Emperor (Roadside Attractions) - $3,346,265

5. Prince Avalanche (Magnolia Pictures) - $180,211

6. On The Road (IFC) - $720,828

7. I Give It A Year (Magnolia Pictures) - $34,657

8. The Sapphires (The Weinstein Company) - $2,450,867

9. Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) - $132,092,958

10. Spring Breakers (A24) - $14,124,284

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  • WaitHuh? | September 24, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    How is this list actually assembled? The top independent rentals on iTunes (in order) are:

    Bling Ring
    Blue Caprice
    Place Beyond the Pines
    Drinking Buddies
    Room 237
    Winter's Bone
    Spring Breakers

    Frankly, iTunes appears to be more honest about what's "independent" than this list is. Silver Linings is most decidedly not an independent film.

  • Kiera | September 24, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    Wow, people will rent anything. There are 3 films on this list I couldn't make it through the whole way, got too bored. They're rotten on RT for good reason.

  • johnny bench | September 23, 2013 4:05 PMReply

    DO you consider any of these films independent?