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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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“The Upside”

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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, 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 February 12, 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: $86,122,438

2. “Cold Pursuit”
Distributor: Lionsgate
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 11
Opening Theater Count: 2,630
Opening Average: $4,194
Current Gross: $11,842,833

3. “Serenity”
Distributor: Aviron
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 2,561
Opening Average: $1,724
Current Gross: $8,456,960

4. “The Prodigy”
Distributor: Orion Pictures
Budget (if reported): $6M
Release Date: February 8
Opening Theater Count: 2,530
Opening Average: $2,313
Current Gross: $6,245,422

5. “Replicas”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 11
Opening Theater Count: 2,329
Opening Average: $1,020
Current Gross: $4,038,704

6. “Perfect Strangers”
Distributor: Pantelion
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 11
Opening Theater Count: 132
Opening Average: $3,202
Current Gross: $1,003,657

“Perfect Strangers”

7. “Que Leon (What a Lion)”
Distributor: Spanglish Movies
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 79
Opening Average: $7,238
Current Gross: $966,495

8. “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019″
Distributor: Magnolia
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 10
Opening Theater Count: 270
Opening Average: $3,476
Current Gross: $938,455

9. “Canal Street”
Distributor: Smith Global
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 18
Opening Theater Count: 73
Opening Average: $1,483
Current Gross: $247,990

10. “Arctic”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 1
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $12,720
Current Gross: $164,253

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“Arctic”

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11. “The Invisibles”
Distributor: Greenwich
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $6,791
Current Gross: $121,333

12. “Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 11
Opening Theater Count: 67
Opening Average: $999
Current Gross: $117,919

13. “Mojin: The Worm Valley”
Distributor: Well Go USA
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 4
Opening Theater Count: 17
Opening Average: $2,975
Current Gross: $101,516

14. “Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life”
Distributor: Entertainment One
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $12,672
Current Gross: $95,765

15. “Everybody Knows”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 11
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $17,802
Current Gross: $76,791

16. “Who Will Write Our History”
Distributor: Abramorama
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 18
Opening Theater Count: 1
Opening Average: $13,390
Current Gross: $75,256

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“The Image Book”

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17. “The Image Book”
Distributor: Kino Lorber (acquired at Cannes)
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 25
Opening Theater Count: 33
Opening Average: $420
Current Gross: $57,852

18. “The Heiresses”
Distributor: Distrib Films
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 16
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $5,652
Current Gross: $44,085

19. “An Acceptable Loss”
Distributor: IFC
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: January 18
Opening Theater Count: 1
Opening Average: $3,447
Current Gross: $32,427

20. “Lords of Chaos”
Distributor: Gunpowder & Sky
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 8
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $6,912
Current Gross: $27,649

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