What Do The Top Grossing INDIE Films Of 2000s Reveal?

I think I may have posted this before.  I just recently came across it again.  This list was compiled by the good folks at Indiewire.  I stare at it and think it must reveal some greater truth. What does it say about our culture, about what people want to see?  What does it say about the mainstream industry and what they will buy or promote?

Top Grossing Independent Films of the 2000s

1. The Passion of the Christ, 2004 (Newmarket)  $370,274,604 2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2003 (IFC Films)  $241,438,208 3. Juno, 2007 (Fox Searchlight)  $143,395,265 4. Slumdog Millionaire, 2008 (Fox Searchlight)  $141,319,928 5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000 (Sony Pictures Classics) $128,078,872 6. Traffic, 2000 (USA) $124,115,725 7. Fahrenheit 9/11, 2004 (Lionsgate) $119,194,771 8. Paranormal Activity, 2009 (Paramount)  $107,753,000 9. Brokeback Mountain, 2005 (Focus Features)  $83,043,761 10. March of the Penguins, 2005 (Warner Independent) $77,437,223 11. Coraline, 2009 (Focus Features)  $75,286,229 12. Sideways, 2004 (Fox Searchlight)  $71,503,593 13. Burn After Reading, 2008 (Focus Features)  $60,355,347 14. Little Miss Sunshine, 2006 (Fox Searchlight)  $59,891,098 15. Hero, 2004 (Miramax) $53,710,019 16. Atonement, 2007 (Focus Features) $50,927,067 17. 28 Days Later, 2003 (Fox Searchlight)  $45,064,915 18. Lost In Translation, 2003 (Focus Features)  $44,585,453 19. Napoleon Dynamite, 2004 (Fox Searchlight)  $44,540,956 20. Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, 2009 (Lionsgate)  $42,004,270