Can ‘The Farewell’ Be the Indie Hit This Summer Desperately Needs?

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Can ‘The Farewell’ Be the Indie Hit This Summer Desperately Needs?
Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” may be the one movie this summer that can end what has been a drought for indie films at the box office.

Last year, the documentaries “Rbg” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” became indie successes. But halfway through summer 2019, very few films have done decently in limited release, and none have reached the level of last year’s biggest hits, despite strong reviews.

The Farewell” scored the great accomplishment this past weekend of earning the highest per-screen average box office of any film this year. Yes, it out-earned blockbusters like “Avengers: Endgame,” the top film of the year, on a per-screen basis. But “The Farewell” opened on just four screens. “Endgame” played on more than 1,000 times as many screens.

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