List of highest-grossing independent films

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The following page lists the highest-grossing films that were distributed by independent, arthouse, and mini-major studios. The Passion of the Christ is the highest-grossing independent film of all time.[1] Independent films that were co-distributed by major film studios, such as Inglourious Basterds and Paranormal Activity, are not included.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

  † Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 17 May 2024 in theaters around the world.
Rank Title Date Worldwide gross Countries Film distributor Ref/s
1 The Passion of the Christ February 25, 2004 $611,486,736 Australia Icon Productions [2]
2 The Intouchables September 23, 2010 $484,630,908 France Gaumont [3]
3 Dances with Wolves November 9, 1990 $424,208,805 North America Orion Pictures [4]
4 The King's Speech September 6, 2010 $423,999,102 Australia
United Kingdom
Momentum Pictures [2]
5 Slumdog Millionaire August 30, 2008 $378,410,113 United Kingdom Pathé Distribution [2]
6 My Big Fat Greek Wedding April 19, 2002 $368,744,044 North America IFC Films [2]
7 American Beauty September 8, 1999 $356,258,047 North America DreamWorks Pictures [1]
8 Black Swan September 1, 2010 $329,398,046 North America Fox Searchlight Pictures [5]
9 Se7en September 15, 1995 $328,125,643 North America New Line Cinema [6]
10 The Silence of the Lambs February 14, 1991 $275,726,716 North America Orion Pictures [7]
11 Parasite May 21, 2019 $262,857,186 South Korea CJ Entertainment (South Korea)
Neon (North America)
[8]
12 The Full Monty August 15, 1997 $261,249,383 United Kingdom Fox Searchlight Pictures [2]
13 The Blair Witch Project January 23, 1999 $248,639,099 North America Artisan Entertainment [2]
14 Sound of Freedom July 4, 2023 $247,801,971 North America Angel Studios [9]
15 Silver Linings Playbook November 16, 2012 $236,412,453 North America The Weinstein Company [10]
16 Juno September 1, 2007 $231,450,102 North America Fox Searchlight Pictures [2]
17 Fahrenheit 9/11 May 17, 2004 $222,446,882 North America FLIC Distributors [2]
18 Good Will Hunting December 2, 1997 $225,925,989 North America Miramax [2]
19 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets July 21, 2017 $225,874,228 France
United States
China
Germany
Belgium
United Arab Emirates
STX Entertainment [11]
20 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon May 18, 2000 $213,514,672 Taiwan Sony Pictures Classics [12]
21 Pulp Fiction May 21, 1994 $212,894,343 North America Miramax [13]
22 Traffic December 27, 2000 $207,515,725 North America Focus Features [14]
23 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles March 30, 1990 $202,084,756 North America Golden Harvest [15]
24 The Shape of Water December 1, 2017 $195,333,312 North America Fox Searchlight Pictures [16]
25 Kill Bill: Volume 1 October 10, 2003 $180,899,045 North America Miramax [17]
26 Brokeback Mountain December 9, 2005 $178,062,759 North America Focus Features [18]
27 The Grand Budapest Hotel March 7, 2014 $173,082,189 North America
Germany
Fox Searchlight Pictures [19]
28 No Country for Old Men November 9, 2007 $171,627,166 North America Miramax (North America)
Paramount Vantage (International)
[20]
29 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest November 19, 1975 $163,281,275 North America United Artists [1]
30 The Hateful Eight December 25, 2015 $156,480,177 North America The Weinstein Company [21]
31 Kill Bill: Volume 2 April 16, 2004 $154,116,796 North America Miramax [22]
32 Everything Everywhere All at Once March 25, 2022 $141,054,397 North America A24 [23]
33 Coraline February 6, 2009 $124,596,837 North America Focus Features [24]
34 Lost in Translation September 12, 2003 $117,085,297 North America
Japan
Focus Features [25]
35 Sideways October 22, 2004 $109,726,800 North America Fox Searchlight Pictures [25]
36 Birdman October 17, 2014 $103,215,094 North America Fox Searchlight Pictures [26]
37 Crash May 6, 2005 $101,173,038 North America Lionsgate [25]
38 Little Miss Sunshine July 26, 2006 $101,058,954 North America Fox Searchlight Pictures [27]
39 Fritz the Cat April 12, 1972 $90,000,000 North America Cinemation Industries [28]
40 The Amityville Horror July 27, 1979 $86,432,000 North America American International Pictures [29]
41 Hereditary June 7, 2018 $82,729,816 United States A24 [30]
42 Moonlight October 21, 2016 $65,172,611 [31]
43 The Whale December 9, 2022 $54,883,206 [32]
44 Whiplash January 16, 2014 $48,982,041 North America Sony Pictures Classics (North America)
Stage 6 Films (International)
[33]
45 Midsommar July 3, 2019 $48,059,189 United States
Sweden
A24 (North America)
Nordisk Film (Sweden)
[34]
46 The Witch February 19, 2016 $40,423,945 United States
Canada
A24 (United States)
Elevation Pictures (Canada)
[35]
47 The Iron Claw December 22, 2023 $40,667,158 United Kingdom
United States
A24 (North America)
Lionsgate (United Kingdom)
[36]
48 Past Lives June 2, 2023 $21,548,356 United States A24 [37]
49 The Green Knight July 30, 2021 $18,887,953 United States
Canada
[38]
50 While We're Young March 27, 2015 $18,117,839 United States [39]
51 Dream Scenario November 10, 2023 $7,305,466 [40]
52 20th Century Women December 28, 2016 $7,214,806 [41]

Highest-grossing independent films by year[edit]

Year Title Worldwide gross Budget Ref
2023 Sound of Freedom $247,801,971 14.5 million [9]
2022 Everything Everywhere All at Once $141,054,397 $14.3–25 million [42][43][44]

Timeline of highest-grossing independent film[edit]

Film Established Record-setting gross Ref
Dances with Wolves 1990 $424,208,805 [45]
The Passion of the Christ 2004 $611,486,736 [46]
2005 $612,054,506

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  37. ^ "Past Lives". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  38. ^ "The Green Knight". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
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