As the British Independent Film Award nominations made clear last week, it’s been a considerably strong year for independent film in the UK.
From Steve McQueen’s “Shame” and Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin” to Paddy Considine’s “Tyrannosaur” and Asif Kapadia’s “Senna,” British indies have perhaps even put their US counterparts to, well, shame. Especially when one considers that the UK has a population roughly one fifth of the USA.
So how are they faring at their own box office?
While “Shame” hasn’t opened yet in the UK, the rest of the noted films – all nominated for the British Independent Film Awards’ top prize – have indeed. As has Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend,” a double nominee at the awards that opened in the UK last weekend.
To varying degrees, each film has found impressive homegrown audiences. Which is particularly interesting with regard to the three among them that have yet to find their way to America: “Tinker,” “Tyrannosaur” and “Kevin,” all of which will be out in the US before the end of the year.
The gallery below tracks the films through last weekend. Note that these numbers include grosses from Ireland and Malta, which are not part of the UK but are tracked as part of its grosses. All figures are also listed in US dollars, unless otherwise noted.