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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.

"Portrait of a Lady on Fire"

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Neon

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, Amazon, Netflix, Aviron, Global Road, and Bleecker Street) or a studio or its specialty division (including Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, and Focus Features). For films that had a limited release in 2019, the full box office tally is reflected 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 February 25, 2020. This chart is (usually) 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: $33,628,459

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: $15,050,796

3. “Weathering With You”
Distributor: GKIDS
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 15
Opening Theater Count: 486
Opening Average: $3,721
Current Gross: $7,758,333

4. “Downhill”
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 2,301
Opening Average: $2,003
Current Gross: $7,410,479

5. “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: $7,410,479

“Brahms: The Boy II”

STX

6. “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: $3,262,539

7. “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: $2,853,208

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: $1,309,729

9. “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: $923,251

10. “The Assistant”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $19,785
Current Gross: $797,300

"The Assistant"

“The Assistant”

Bleecker

11. “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: $677,283

12. “Les Miserables”
Distributor: Amazon Studios (acquired at Cannes)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 10
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $6,038
Current Gross: $330,181

13. “Emma.”
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 21
Opening Theater Count: 5
Opening Average: $46,896
Current Gross: $234,482

14. “The Traitor”
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $7,746
Current Gross: $221,278

15. “Incitement”
Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $11,218
Current Gross: $102,689

Beanpole

“Beanpole”

Kino Lorber

16. “Beanpole”
Distributor: Kino Lorber (acquired at Cannes)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 29
Opening Theater Count: 1
Opening Average: $10,008
Current Gross: $87,477

17. “And Then We Danced”
Distributor: Music Box Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 7
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $6,490
Current Gross: $86,306

18. “Come to Daddy”
Distributor: Saban Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 7
Opening Theater Count: 29
Opening Average: $2,116
Current Gross: $79,149

19. “The Times of Bill Cunningham”
Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $44,475
Current Gross: $75,590

20. “Ordinary Love”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $7,854
Current Gross: $74,880

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