The 20 Highest Grossing Indie Films of 2020 (A Running List)
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Updated weekly, here is a table of the top 20 specialty films of the year.

The following list includes only domestic (US and Canada only unless otherwise noted) revenue for specialty films – which we define as independent, foreign (including Bollywood films), and / or documentaries – limited edition (599 screens and under) in 2020 AND OR were acquired for distribution in 2020 from 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, or produces Studio or its specialized division (including Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, and Focus Features).

Given the rapidly changing state of the box office world, this list only includes films that opened in theaters in 2020, including brick and mortar stores and drive-ins. For more information on streaming and VoD box office results, please see our weekly updates in these markets here.

If specified, this list includes budgets for each film. You can find the list from last year here.

Gross Income includes all reported gross income (via BoxOfficeMojo) through November 3, 2020. This table is updated every Tuesday afternoon.

1. "The gentlemen"
Distribution partner: STX Entertainment
Budget (if reported): $ 22 million
Release date: January 24th
Number of opening theaters: 2,165
Opening Average: $ 4,920
Current Gross: $ 36,471,397

2. "Unhinged"
Distributor: Solstice Studios
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: August 14th
Number of opening theaters: 299
Opening Average: $ 2,010
Current Gross: $ 20,632,871

3. "Gretel & Hansel"
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): $ 5 million
Release date: January 31st
Number of opening theaters: 3,007
Opening Average: $ 2,046
Current Gross: $ 15,347,654

"Unhinged"

Skip Bolden

4. "Brahms: The Boy II"
Distribution partner: STX Entertainment
Budget (if reported): $ 10 million
Release DATE: February 21
Number of opening theaters: 2,151
Opening Average: $ 2.70
Current Gross: $ 12,611,536

5. "The war with grandpa"
Distribution partner: 101 Studios
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: October 9th
Number of opening theaters: 2,250
Opening Average: $ 1,609
Current Gross: $ 11,478,925

6. "Emma"
Distribution: focus functions
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: February 21
Number of opening theaters: 5
Opening Average: $ 46,896
Current Gross: $ 10,055,355

7. "I still believe"
Dealer: Lionsgate
Budget (if reported): $ 12 million
Release DATE: March 13th
Number of opening theaters: 3,250
Opening Average: $ 2,801
Current gross: $9,868,521

8. "Honest Thief"
Distributor: Open Road Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: October 16
Number of opening theaters: 2,425
Opening Average: $ 1,697
Current Gross: $ 9,558,341

9. "Downhill"
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: February 14th
Number of opening theaters: 2,301
Opening Average: $ 2,003
Current Gross: $ 8,287,061

10. "Weathering with you"
Dealer: GKIDS
Budget (if reported): NA
Release date: January 15th
Number of opening theaters: 486
Opening Average: $ 3,721
Current Gross: $ 7,798,743

"Weathering with you"

GKids

11. "The Broken Hearts Gallery"
Distributor: Sony (acquired in March)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: September 11th
Number of opening theaters: 2,209
Opening Average: $ 509
Current gross: $ 4,044,200

12. "Unbeliever"
Distribution partner: Cloudburst Entertainment
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: September 18
Number of opening theaters: 1,724
Opening average: $ 802
Current Gross: $ 4,043,284

13. "Portrait of a Burning Lady"
Distributor: Neon (acquired in Cannes)
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: February 14th
Number of opening theaters: 39
Opening Average: $ 67,344
Current Gross: $ 3,641,251

14. "Bill & Ted face the music"
Distributor: United Artists Releasing
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: August 28th
Number of opening theaters: 1,007
Opening Average: $ 1,117
Current gross: $ 3,498,714

15. "Oscar-nominated short films 2020"
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release date: January 31st
Number of opening theaters: 465
Opening Average: $ 2,484
Current Gross: $ 3,306,611

"Come play"

16. "Come Play"
Distribution: focus functions
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: October 30th
Number of opening theaters: 2,138
Opening Average: $ 1,429
Current gross: $ 3,119,875

17. "The last full measure"
Dealers: Roadside attractions
Budget (if reported): $ 20 million
Release date: January 24th
Number of opening theaters: 614
Opening Average: $ 1,723
Current Gross: $ 2,949,212

18. "Words on the bathroom walls"
Dealers: Roadside attractions
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: August 21
Number of opening theaters: 924
Opening Average: $ 468
Current Gross: $ 2,537,745

19. "The Personal Story of David Copperfield"
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures
Budget (if reported): NA
Release DATE: August 28th
Number of opening theaters: 1,360
Opening Average: $ 349
Current Gross: $ 1,876,298

20. "The wretched"
Distributor: IFC Films
Budget (if reported): NA
Release date: May 1st
Number of opening theaters: 12
Opening Average: $ 5,492
Current Gross: $ 1,812,696

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