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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).

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 April 7, 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: $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

5. “Downhill”
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 2,301
Opening Average: $2,003
Current Gross: $8,286,547

6. “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

“Brahms: The Boy II”

STX

7. “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

8. “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

9. “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

10. “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: $1,666,564

11. “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

"The Assistant"

“The Assistant”

Bleecker

12. “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

13. “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

14. “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

15. “CatVideoFest 2020”
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 21
Opening Theater Count: 30
Opening Average: $7,264
Current Gross: $437,625

16. “Seberg”
Distributor: Amazon (acquired at Berlin Market)
Budget (if reported): $8M
Release Date: February 21
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $15,726
Current Gross: $434,702

"Seberg"

“Seberg”

Amazon Studios

17. “Greed”
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 28
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $6,040
Current Gross: $355,308

18. “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

19. “Ordinary Love”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $7,854
Current Gross: $323,688

20. “The Traitor”
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $7,746
Current Gross: $296,027

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