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The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2018 (A Running List)

Refreshed weekly, here's a chart of 2018's twenty highest-grossing specialty films.

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“Hereditary”

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The below list only includes domestic (U.S. and Canada only, unless otherwise indicated) grosses for specialty films — which we define to include independent, foreign (including Bollywood films), and/or documentary films — that opened in limited release (599 screens and under) in 2018 AND/OR were acquired or produced for 2018 distribution by an independent distributor (including STX Films, Annapurna, A24, Entertainment Studios, Amazon, Netflix, Aviron, Global Road, and Bleecker Street) or a studio or its specialty division (including Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, and Focus Features).

When provided, this list also includes budgets for each film. Last year’s list can be found here.

Grosses include all reported grosses (via BoxOfficeMojo) up to July 17, 2018. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon.

1. “I Can Only Imagine”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): $7M
Release Date: March 16
Opening Theater Count: 1,627
Opening Average: $10,513
Current Gross: $83,482,352

2. “I Feel Pretty”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $32M
Release Date: April 20
Opening Theater Count: 3,440
Opening Average: $4,660
Current Gross: $48,795,601

3. “Den of Thieves”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $30M
Release Date: January 19
Opening Theater Count: 2,432
Opening Average: $6,253
Current Gross: $44,947,622

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“Isle of Dogs”

Fox Searchlight Pictures

4. “Hereditary”
Distributor: A24
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: June 8
Opening Theater Count: 2,964
Opening Average: $4,580
Current Gross: $43,021,287

5. “Isle of Dogs”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 23
Opening Theater Count: 27
Opening Average: $59,825
Current Gross: $31,945,934

6. “Adrift”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $35M
Release Date: June 1
Opening Theater Count: 3,015
Opening Average: $3,848
Current Gross: $31,196,472

7. “Strangers: Prey at Night”
Distributor: Aviron Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 2,464
Opening Average: $4,222
Current Gross: $24,586,708

“Chappaquiddick”

8. “Show Dogs”
Distributor: Global Road
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: May 18
Opening Theater Count: 3,212
Opening Average: $1,875
Current Gross: $17,661,509

9. “Chappaquiddick”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: April 6
Opening Theater Count: 1,560
Opening Average: $3,696
Current Gross: $17,392,118

10. “Forever My Girl”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): $3.5M
Release Date: January 19
Opening Theater Count: 1,114
Opening Average: $3,811
Current Gross: $16,376,066

11. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: June 8
Opening Theater Count: 29
Opening Average: $16,394
Current Gross: $16,179,107

12. “RBG”
Distributor: Magnolia
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: May 4
Opening Theater Count: 34
Opening Average: $17,014
Current Gross: $12,781,970

“RBG”

13. “Upgrade”
Distributor: BH Tilt
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: June 1
Opening Theater Count: 1,457
Opening Average: $3,206
Current Gross: $11,871,365

14. “Padmaavat”
Distributor: Viva Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 324
Opening Average: $13,674
Current Gross: $11,846,060

15. “The Miracle Season”
Distributor: Mirror
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: April 6
Opening Theater Count: 1,707
Opening Average: $2,314
Current Gross: $10,230,620

16. “Midnight Sun”
Distributor: Global Road (Open Road)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 23
Opening Theater Count: 2,173
Opening Average: $1,843
Current Gross: $9,561,064

17. “Tully”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: May 4
Opening Theater Count: 1,353
Opening Average: $2,426
Current Gross: $9,227,130

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“The Death of Stalin”

Photo by Nicola Dove, courtesy of IFC Films

18. “The Death of Stalin”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 9
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $46,201
Current Gross: $8,033,288

19. “Unsane”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: March 26
Opening Theater Count: 2,023
Opening Average: $1,860
Current Gross: $7,732,899

20. “Hotel Artemis”
Distributor: Global Road
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: June 8
Opening Theater Count: 2,407
Opening Average: $1,343
Current Gross: $6,694,598

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