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The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2020 (A Running List)

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

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“The Rental”

Allyson Riggs

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 2020 AND/OR were acquired or produced for 2020 distribution by an independent distributor (including STX Films, Annapurna, United Artists Releasing, A24, Entertainment Studios, IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, Lionsgate, Amazon, Netflix, Aviron, Global Road, and Bleecker Street) or a studio or its specialty division (including Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, and Focus Features).

Given the rapidly changing state of the box office world, this list only includes movies that have opened in theaters during 2020, including brick and mortar businesses and drive-ins. For more information on streaming and VOD box office takes, please check out our weekly updates in those markets right here.

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 August 11, 2020. This chart is updated every Tuesday afternoon.

1. “The Gentlemen”
Distributor: STX Entertainment
Budget (if reported): $22M
Release Date: January 24
Opening Theater Count: 2,165
Opening Average: $4,920
Current Gross: $36,296,455

2. “Gretel & Hansel”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): $5M
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 3,007
Opening Average: $2,046
Current Gross: $15,347,654

3. “Brahms: The Boy II”
Distributor: STX Entertainment
Budget (if reported): $10M
Release Date: February 21
Opening Theater Count: 2,151
Opening Average: $2,70
Current Gross: $12,611,536

4. “Emma”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 21
Opening Theater Count: 5
Opening Average: $46,896
Current Gross: $10,055,355

“Emma”

Focus Features

5. “I Still Believe”
Distributor: Lionsgate
Budget (if reported): $12M
Release Date: March 13
Opening Theater Count: 3,250
Opening Average: $2,801
Current Gross: $9,868,521

6. “Downhill”
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 2,301
Opening Average: $2,003
Current Gross: $8,287,061

7. “Weathering With You”
Distributor: GKIDS
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 15
Opening Theater Count: 486
Opening Average: $3,721
Current Gross: $7,798,743

8. “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
Distributor: Neon (acquired at Cannes)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 39
Opening Average: $67,344
Current Gross: $3,641,251

9. “2020 Oscar Nominated Short Films”
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 465
Opening Average: $2,484
Current Gross: $3,306,611

10. “The Last Full Measure”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): $20M
Release Date: January 24
Opening Theater Count: 614
Opening Average: $1,723
Current Gross: $2,949,212

“The Wretched”

IFC Films

11. “The Wretched”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: May 1
Opening Theater Count: 12
Opening Average: $5,492
Current Gross: $1,798,250

12. “The Lodge”
Distributor: NEON (acquired at Sundance)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 7
Opening Theater Count: 6
Opening Average: $12,708
Current Gross: $1,724,781

13. “The Rental”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: July 24
Opening Theater Count: 250
Opening Average: $1,615
Current Gross: $1,178,476

14. “The Assistant”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $19,785
Current Gross: $1,100,313

15. “Relic”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: July 3
Opening Theater Count: 69
Opening Average: $2,787
Current Gross: $1,002,602

16. “Becky”
Distributor: Quiver Distribution
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: June 5
Opening Theater Count: 45
Opening Average: $4,573
Current Gross: $941,270

17. “Mafia Inc.”
Distributor: Entertainment One
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 85
Opening Average: $3,116
Current Gross: $889,863

“Color Out of Space”

RLJ Entertainment

18. “Color Out of Space”
Distributor: RLJE Films (acquired at TIFF)
Budget (if reported): $6M
Release Date: January 24
Opening Theater Count: 81
Opening Average: $2,668
Current Gross: $765,561

19. “Followed”
Distributor: Global View Entertainment
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: June 19
Opening Theater Count: 44
Opening Average: $3,473
Current Gross: $538,086

20. “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band”
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures (acquired at TIFF)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 21
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $9,457
Current Gross: $449,561

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