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Only 2 of the 25 Top-Earning Indies This Year Directed by Women

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood August 7, 2014 at 1:00PM

Fortunately, the year's not over yet.
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"Belle"
"Belle"

Things are supposed to be easier for female narrative directors in the indie world, but that just often isn't the case. 

Peter Knegt published a list of the 25 top-earning indie productions of the year so far, and only two -- Amma Asante's Belle and Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child -- have made the cut. 

A few other female-led movies -- IdaUnder the SkinGloria, and The Immigrant -- drew arthouse audiences to theaters. Four more romances with female co-leads hopefully satisfied moviegoers looking for something different. 

Knegt notes that the list "only includes North American grosses for specialty films -- indie, foreign and/or documentary -- that opened in limited release (initially under 500 screens) in 2014 and were released by an independent distributor or a studio specialty division."

Here's the women-centric parts of the list: 

Female-Directed with Female Lead
5. Belle (Fox Searchlight) - $10,645,039
16. Obvious Child (A24) - $2,895,901

Male-Directed with Female Lead
13. Ida (Music Box) - $3,551,006
18. Under The Skin (A24) - $2,605,039 
23. Gloria (Roadside Attractions) - $2,107,925 
24. The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company) - $2,025,328

Male-Directed with Male-Female Co-Lead
4. Begin Again (The Weinstein Company) - $13,755,573
21. Le Week-end (Music Box) - $2,225,098
22. Words and Pictures (Roadside Attractions) - $2,140,906   
25. Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Classics) - $1,841,122

See the complete list here.

This article is related to: Belle, Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre, Amma Asante


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