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The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2019 (A Running List)

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

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“Midsommar”

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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 2019 AND/OR were acquired or produced for 2019 distribution by an independent distributor (including STX Films, Annapurna, United Artists Releasing, 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 16, 2019. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon.

1. “The Upside”
Distributor: STX (purchased from TWC)
Budget (if reported): $37.5M
Release Date: January 11
Opening Theater Count: 3,080
Opening Average: $6,609
Current Gross: $108,252,517

2. “The Hustle”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: May 10
Opening Theater Count: 3,007
Opening Average: $4,326
Current Gross: $35,417,038

3. “Cold Pursuit”
Distributor: Lionsgate
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 11
Opening Theater Count: 2,630
Opening Average: $4,194
Current Gross: $32,138,862

4. “Child’s Play”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): $10M
Release Date: June 21
Opening Theater Count: 3,007
Opening Average: $4,687
Current Gross: $28,316,486

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“Booksmart”

United Artists Releasing

5. “Booksmart”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: May 24
Opening Theater Count: 2,505
Opening Average: $2,768
Current Gross: $21,995,342

6. “Uglydolls”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $45M
Release Date: May 3
Opening Theater Count: 3,652
Opening Average: $2,356
Current Gross: $20,150,241

7. “Midsommar”
Distributor: A24
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: July 2
Opening Theater Count: 2,707
Opening Average: $2,342
Current Gross: $18,552,993

8. “Unplanned”
Distributor: Pure Flix
Budget (if reported): $6M
Release Date: March 29
Opening Theater Count: 1,059
Opening Average: $6,027
Current Gross: $18,461,462

9. “Missing Link”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: April 12
Opening Theater Count: 3,413
Opening Average: $1,742
Current Gross: $16,649,539

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10. “The Prodigy”
Distributor: Orion Pictures
Budget (if reported): $6M
Release Date: February 8
Opening Theater Count: 2,530
Opening Average: $2,313
Current Gross: $14,856,291

11. “Late Night”
Distributor: Amazon (acquired at Sundance)
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: June 7
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $61,576
Current Gross: $14,801,011

12. “Poms”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: May 10
Opening Theater Count: 2,750
Opening Average: $1,950
Current Gross: $13,631,124

13. “After”
Distributor: Avrion
Budget (if reported): $14M
Release Date: April 12
Opening Theater Count: 2,138
Opening Average: $2,807
Current Gross: $12,138,565

14. “Greta”
Distributor: Focus Features (acquired at TIFF)
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: March 1
Opening Theater Count: 2,411
Opening Average: $1,859
Current Gross: $10,519,425

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15. “The Best of Enemies”
Distributor: STX Entertainment
Budget (if reported): $10M
Release Date: April 5
Opening Theater Count: 1,705
Opening Average: $2,608
Current Gross: $10,205,616

16. “Hotel Mumbai”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: March 22
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $22,016
Current Gross: $9,651,611

17. “No Manches Frida 2″
Distributor: Panetlion
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: March 15
Opening Theater Count: 472
Opening Average: $8,117
Current Gross: $9,270,920

18. “Apollo 11″
Distributor: NEON
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: March 1
Opening Theater Count: 120
Opening Average: $13,32
Current Gross: $8,934,145

19. “Serenity”
Distributor: Aviron
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 2,561
Opening Average: $1,724
Current Gross: $8,547,045

20. “Anna”
Distributor: Lionsgate
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: June 21
Opening Theater Count: 2,114
Opening Average: $1,703
Current Gross: $7,490,674

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