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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.

A scene from “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo

A scene from “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo

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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 December 10, 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. “Hustlers”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $20M
Release Date: September 13
Opening Theater Count: 3,250
Opening Average: $10,210
Current Gross: $104,935,664

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3. “The Addams Family”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: October 11
Opening Theater Count: 4,007
Opening Average: $7,562
Current Gross: $97,002,627

4. “Downton Abbey”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: September 20
Opening Theater Count: 3,079
Opening Average: $10,079
Current Gross: $96,779,850

“Hustlers”

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5. “Harriet”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: November 1
Opening Theater Count: 2,186
Opening Average: $3,388
Current Gross: $40,879,520

6. “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

7. “Cold Pursuit”
Distributor: Lionsgate
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: February 8
Opening Theater Count: 2,630
Opening Average: $4,194
Current Gross: $32,138,862

8. “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: $29,208,403

9. “Ready or Not”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: August 21
Opening Theater Count: 2,855
Opening Average: $2,808
Current Gross: $28,714,231

10. “Midsommar”
Distributor: A24
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: July 2
Opening Theater Count: 2,707
Opening Average: $2,342
Current Gross: $27,426,361

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“Midsommar”

A24

11. “Countdown”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $6.5M
Release Date: October 25
Opening Theater Count: 2,675
Opening Average: $3,314
Current Gross: $25,450,066

12. “Judy”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: September 27
Opening Theater Count: 461
Opening Average: $6,327
Current Gross: $23,930,036

13. “21 Bridges”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: November 22
Opening Theater Count: 2,665
Opening Average: $3,475
Current Gross: $23,917,746

14. “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: $22,680,962

15. “47 Meters Down: Uncaged”
Distributor: Entertainment Studios
Budget (if reported): $125M
Release Date: August 16
Opening Theater Count: 2,853
Opening Average: $2,954
Current Gross: $22,260,202

16. “The Peanut Butter Falcon”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: August 9
Opening Theater Count: 17
Opening Average: $12,047
Current Gross: $20,449,178

17. “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

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18. “Parasite”
Distributor: Neon (acquired at Cannes)
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: October 11
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $131,072
Current Gross: $19,348,688

19. “Jojo Rabbit”
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: October 18
Opening Theater Count: 5
Opening Average: $69,911
Current Gross: $19,298,376

20. “Unplanned”
Distributor: Pure Flix
Budget (if reported): $6M
Release Date: March 29
Opening Theater Count: 1,059
Opening Average: $6,027
Current Gross: $19,005,109

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