As Specialized Movies Face Holiday Box Office Storm, ‘Parasite’ Hangs Tight

Specialty fare enjoyed a strong fall, well ahead of award kudos, as “Judy (“Roadside Attractions), “Harriet” (Focus Features), “Parasite” (Neon), and “Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight) all passed the $20 million mark.

But being late to the party turned out to be a risky strategy this year.Both “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) and “Uncut Gems” (A24) are riding good word of mouth as they expand over the holidays, with most of their runs at major chains along with top independents.

But Searchlight’s newer arthouse entry, Terrence Malick’s World War II drama “A Hidden Life,” won’t come close to replicating the earlier season successes.Unusual for the crowded Christmas period, several specialty distributors are launching limited platforms, including Amazon’s acclaimed Brazilian drama “Invisible Life,” which failed to land on the Oscar International Feature shortlist, and drew minor interest at its two initial theaters.

This could leave room for strong holdovers like

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