4 July 2012 9:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" have been getting the majority of press regarding "summer indie breakouts," there's been a considerable success story flying under the radar: Richard Linklater's "Bernie," which just crossed the $7 million mark this past weekend. The film is already far and away the highest grossing film ever for distributor Millennium Entertainment (which never had a film cross the $1 million mark before), and should top "Dazed and Confused" in the next week or so to become Linklater's highest grossing independently released film (three of his studio efforts -- "The School of Rock," "Bad News Bears" and "The Newton Boys" -- have all grossed more).   "Bernie" found Linklater reteaming with "School of Rock" star Jack Black, who stars as Bernie Tiede, a mortician who becomes the only friend of a wealthy widow »

- Peter Knegt

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