Variety has outlined the bright lights in the indie sector for 2009 and lists Summit at the head of the field with $455 million in box office totals (excluding holdovers).
Lionsgate took in $396 million followed by the Weinstein Co. with $167 million for the year. Focus Features collected $144 million. Overture Films scored $143 million and Fox Searchlight scooped up $119 million.
The scaled-back Miramax earned nearly $40 million with Sony Pictures Classics tallying $36 million.
Meanwhile, notes Variety, smaller indie distributors like IFC Films and Magnolia had their most profitable years ever thanks to a combination releasing approach.
More details at Variety.