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Indiewire's Mid-Year Box Office Report: 'Mud' and 'Pines' Lead A Strong Year So Far

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 3, 2013 at 2:57PM

Last summer, when Indiewire reported on the indie box office for the first half of 2012, we saw a hopeful turn in comparison to the year prior. A year later, it seems reasonable to suggest that trend has held and that all is generally healthy at the specialty box office so far in 2013.
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"Mud"
"Mud"

Last summer, when Indiewire reported on the indie box office for the first half of 2012, we saw a hopeful turn in comparison to the year prior. A year later, it seems reasonable to suggest that trend has held and that all is generally healthy at the specialty box office so far in 2013.

At this point in 2012 the top five specialty releases -- "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen," "Bernie" and "Friends With Kids" -- had taken in $83.2 million. That was up from $68.1 million in 2011, $45.2 million in 2010, and just $26.5 million in 2009.

This year is essentially on par with that number, with $80.1 million coming from "The Place Beyond The Pines," "Mud," "Quartet," "Spring Breakers" and "Before Midnight." Notably, their collective gross is much more spread out then last year, when "Best Exotic" was responsible for nearly 50% of the total. 2013 hasn't seen a breakout of that proportion (yet), but it has seen 4 films gross over $10 million (compared to 2 last year) and 30 gross over $1 million (up from 27 last year).

In fact, compared to the specifics of last year, it's been an on par year -- or better one -- with regard to the amount of films reaching important specialty milestones:

2011 - 1 specialty films grossed $15 million+
2012 - 2 specialty films grossed $15 million+
2013 - 3 specialty films grossed $15 million+

2011 - 4 specialty films grossed $10 million+
2012 - 2 specialty films grossed $10 million+
2013 - 4 specialty films grossed $10 million+

2011 - 6 specialty films grossed $5 million+
2012 - 6 specialty films grossed $5 million+
2013 - 6 specialty films grossed $5 million+

2011 - 15 specialty films grossed $2 million+

2012 - 15 specialty films grossed $2 million+
2013 - 18 specialty films grossed $2 million+

2011 - 28 specialty films grossed $1 million+

2012 - 27 specialty films grossed $1 million+
2013 - 30 specialty films grossed $1 million+

As noted, the biggest two grossers from that lot were Focus Features' "The Place Beyond The Pines" and Roadside Attractions' "Mud," which have grossed $21,403,519 and $20,495,326, respectively (the later release, "Mud" should end up slightly surpassing "Pines" in the end). 

This article is related to: Box Office, Spring Breakers, The Place Beyond The Pines, Mud, Quartet