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The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2017 (Final List)

Refreshed weekly, here's a chart of 2017's twenty highest-grossing specialty films.

“The Big Sick”

Please note: The below list only includes domestic (U.S. and Canada only, unless otherwise indicated) grosses for specialty films — indie, foreign (including Bollywood films that open in limited release), and/or documentary — that opened in limited release (599 screens and under) in 2017 and/or were acquired or produced for 2017 distribution by an independent distributor or a studio (or its specialty division).

Grosses include all reported grosses up to January 2, 2018, for final year-end results. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon. (Last year’s list can be found here.)

1. “A Bad Moms Christmas”
Distributor: STX
Release Date: November 1st
Opening Theater Count: 3,615
Opening Average: $4,636
Current Gross: $71,733,932

2. “47 Meters Down”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios (acquired from Dimension Films)
Release Date: June 16th
Opening Theater Count: 2,270
Opening Average: $4,936
Current Gross: $44,307,192

3. “The Big Sick”
Distributor: Amazon and Lionsgate (acquired at Sundance)
Release Date: June 23rd
Opening Theater Count: 5
Opening Average: $84,315
Current Gross: $42,873,127

4. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
Distributor: STX
Release Date: July 21st
Opening Theater Count: 3,553
Opening Average: $4,787
Current Gross: $41,189,488

5. “The Foreigner” 
Distributor: STX
Release Date: October 13th
Opening Theater Count: 2,515
Opening Average: $5,214
Current Gross: $34,393,507

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“Wind River”

6. “Wind River”
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: August 4th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $40,390
Current Gross: $33,800,054

7. “Lady Bird”
Distributor: A24
Release Date: November 3rd
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $91,109
Current Gross: $31,392,177

8. “Kidnap”
Distributor: Avrion (acquired at Cannes market)
Release Date: August 4th
Opening Theater Count: 2,378
Opening Average: $4,212
Current Gross: $30,718,107

9. “Logan Lucky”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Release Date: August 18th
Opening Theater Count: 3,031
Opening Average: $2,507
Current Gross: $27,780,977

10. “Gifted”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: April 7th
Opening Theater Count: 56
Opening Average: $7,791
Current Gross: $24,801,212

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Fox Searchlight

11. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: November 10th
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $80,542
Current Gross: $24,439,084

12. “Victoria and Abdul”
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: September 22nd
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $39,711
Current Gross: $22,219,815

13. “Leap!”
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: August 25th
Opening Theater Count: 2,575
Opening Average: $1,837
Current Gross: $21,858,070

14. “Darkest Hour”
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: November 22nd
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $175,006
Current Gross: $20,240,287

15. “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”
Distributor: Great India Films
Release Date: April 28th
Opening Theater Count: 425
Opening Average: $24,364
Current Gross: $20,186,659

16. “The Disaster Artist”
Distributor: A24
Release Date: December 1st
Opening Theater Count: 19
Opening Average: $7,579
Current Gross: $17,880,334

“Detroit”

17. “The Zookeeper’s Wife”
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: March 31st
Opening Theater Count: 541
Opening Average: $6,079
Current Gross: $17,445,186

18. “The Shape of Water”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: December 1st
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $83,282
Current Gross: $17,015,155

19. “Detroit”
Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
Release Date: July 28th
Opening Theater Count: 20
Opening Average: $17,510
Current Gross: $16,790,139

20. “Wish Upon”
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
Release Date: July 14th
Opening Theater Count: 2,250
Opening Average: $2,430
Current Gross: $14,301,001

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