Austinite Jeff Nichols’ fantastic Twainian yarn ‘Mud’ is now the biggest box office draw of any indie movie this year. In stats compiled by IndieWire.com, ‘Mud,’ has raked in $21,470,458 in ticket sales, surpassing the Ryan Gosling-starred ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ ($21,403,519) and Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut ‘Quartet’ ($18,390,117). Richard Linklater’s heart-wrenching ‘Before Midnight’ is #7 on the list, with $7,814,792 taken in at the box office.Nichols’ film may not stay at the top of the heap long, however, as Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’ is still opening across the country, and has taken in over $2 million in limited release. It opens Friday in Austin.

In ‘Mud,’ Texas native Ty Sheridan stars as a kid going through a summer of discovery, led and misled by a convict played by Matthew McConaughey. The film, which is the highest grossing in the history of distributor Roadside Attractions, should be a darkhorse Oscar contender and will almost definitely make an appearance at the Independent Spirit Awards. ‘Mud’ is out today on DVD and Blu-ray.

Nichols is currently serving as executive producer of Austinite Kat Candler’s feature ‘Hellion’ and is planning to film a science-fiction chase movie, ‘Midnight Express,’ with longtime collaborator Michael Shannon.

Read our interview from earlier this year with Nichols here.