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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.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in the film DOWNHILL. Photo by Jaap Buitendijk. © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

“Downhill”

Jaap Buitendijk

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 18, 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: $31,724,063

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: $14,378,500

3. “Weathering With You”
Distributor: GKIDS
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 15
Opening Theater Count: 486
Opening Average: $3,721
Current Gross: $7,710,940

4. “Downhill”
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 2,301
Opening Average: $2,003
Current Gross: $5,122,000

5. “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: $2,952,749

6. “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: $2,869,764

"The Assistant"

“The Assistant”

Bleecker

7. “The Assistant”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 4
Opening Average: $19,785
Current Gross: $733,907

8. “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

9. “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: $614,248

10. “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: $328,626

11. “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: $253,254

12. “The Traitor”
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $7,746
Current Gross: $210,485

13. “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: $96,233

14. “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

15. “Incitement”
Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 31
Opening Theater Count: 2
Opening Average: $11,218
Current Gross: $65,734

16. “Ordinary Love”
Distributor: Bleecker Street
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: February 14
Opening Theater Count: 3
Opening Average: $7,854
Current Gross: $53,563

“Ordinary Love”

17. “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: $47,453

18. “VHYes”
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 17
Opening Theater Count: 23
Opening Average: $1,886
Current Gross: $47,037

19. “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: $42,988

20. “Three Christs”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: January 3
Opening Theater Count: 31
Opening Average: $471
Current Gross: $36,723

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