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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.

“Hustlers”

STX

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 September 17, 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. “Hustlers”
Distributor: STX
Budget (if reported): $20M
Release Date: September 13
Opening Theater Count: 3,250
Opening Average: $10,210
Current Gross: $33,181,361

4. “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

5. “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

Samara Weaving in the film READY OR NOT. Photo by Eric Zachanowich. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“Ready or Not”

Eric Zachanowich

6. “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: $27,699,397

7. “Midsommar”
Distributor: A24
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: July 2
Opening Theater Count: 2,707
Opening Average: $2,342
Current Gross: $27,368,668

8. “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

9. “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: $21,536,021

10. “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

11. “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

"The Farewell"

“The Farewell”

A24

12. “The Farewell”
Distributor: A24
Budget (if reported): N/A
Release Date: July 12
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $88,916
Current Gross: $17,117,821

13. “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

14. “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: $15,499,454

15. “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: $14,965,952

16. “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

POms

“Poms”

STX Films

17. “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

18. “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

19. “Blinded by the Light”
Distributor: Warner Bros. (acquired at Sundance)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: August 16
Opening Theater Count: 2,307
Opening Average: $1,878
Current Gross: $11,667,236

20. “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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