Every summer, all the media attention gets focused on the films that really make bank. You know, the Pacific Rims, the Iron Man 3s. But what of the humble indies of this world? Sure, they might not make enough dollar notes to swim in, but they'll be the films you'll still be discussing five years on (I reckon, unless you really feel strongly about the Mandarin twist in Iron Man 3).
Unlikely as it seems, given their competition with million dollar popcorn action flicks, summer isn’t actually as barren a time for independent films as you might assume.
Indiewire cites several success stories from last summer – 'eventual best picture Oscar nominee Beasts Of The Southern Wild and best documentary Oscar winner Searching For Sugar Man as well as citing fan favorites like Moonrise Kingdom, Take This Waltz, The Queen of Versailles, Your Sister's Sister and The Loneliest Planet.
This summer wasn't any less exciting, with new releases from A-list directors like , , and , boasting big stars like , , , and mumblecore-turned-mainstream starlet .
Check out the 15 highest grossing indies of the summer:
Mud (Roadside Attractions) - $21,538,192
The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight) - $16,311,621
Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) - $13,453,935
Before Midnight (Sony Pictures Classics) - $7,940,526
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) - $6,041,246
The Bling Ring (A24) - $5,806,398
Much Ado About Nothing (Roadside Attractions) - $4,169,353
Frances Ha (IFC Films) - $4,001,585
20 Feet from Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) - $3,851,512
The East (Fox Searchlight) - $2,268,296
The Iceman (Millennium) - $1,969,193
Fill The Void (Sony Pictures Classics) - $1,722,979
(Sony Pictures Classics) - $1,589,055
Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions) - $1,569,742
Unfinished Song (The Weinstein Company) - $1,509,986
Does the list surprise you? Let us know thoughts, feels, rants below. Any and every opinion welcome in this warm, unjudgmental environment where we seek to learn from one another and grow as human beings as well as movie critics*.
*Srsly, one critical word about Frances Ha, and I'm going to come over and strangle your puppy/first born/mailman.