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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.

The Broken Hearts Gallery

“The Broken Hearts Gallery”

Sony Pictures

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 October 6, 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: $36,471,397

2. “Unhinged”
Distributor: Solstice Studios
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: August 14
Opening Theater Count: 299
Opening Average: $2,010
Current Gross: $18,380,032

3. “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

“Unhinged”

Skip Bolden

4. “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

5. “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

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

“Weathering with You”

GKids

9. “The Broken Hearts Gallery”
Distributor: Sony (acquired in March)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: September 11
Opening Theater Count: 2,209
Opening Average: $509
Current Gross: $3,734,737

10. “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

11. “Infidel”
Distributor: Cloudburst Entertainment
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: September 18
Opening Theater Count: 1,724
Opening Average: $802
Current Gross: $3,432,415

12. “Bill & Ted Face the Music”
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: August 28
Opening Theater Count: 1,007
Opening Average: $1,117
Current Gross: $3,394,852

13. “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

14. “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

words on bathroom walls

“Words on Bathroom Walls”

Roadside Attractions/Jacob Yakob

15. “Words on Bathroom Walls”
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: August 21
Opening Theater Count: 924
Opening Average: $468
Current Gross: $2,443,386

16. “The Personal History of David Copperfield”
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: August 28
Opening Theater Count: 1,360
Opening Average: $349
Current Gross: $1,843,780

17. “The Wretched”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: May 1
Opening Theater Count: 12
Opening Average: $5,492
Current Gross: $1,812,696

18. “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

the lodge

“The Lodge”

Neon

19. “The Rental”
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release Date: July 24
Opening Theater Count: 250
Opening Average: $1,615
Current Gross: $1,627,420

20. “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

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