Helmer Ron Fricke's documentary "Samsara" scored Oscilloscope Laboratories highest opening per-screen average of $38,111 during the Aug. 17-19 frame.The film, which Fricke co-wrote with Mark Magidson, the pair behind "Baraka" and "Chronos," launched at two locations in New York and Seattle, earning a total $76,222. Pic's debut per-screen average also marks the year's highest per for a documentary and the sixth-best overall, behind "Beasts of the Southern Wild" ($42,426 per screen)."Samsara" -- a Sanskrit word meaning "the ever-turning wheel of...
Fenkel left the presidency of Oscilloscope Laboratories in the spring 2012 after the unexpected death of Adam Yauch, and launched A24 Films in New York City in August 2012.
Fenkel had co-founded Oscilloscope in 2008 with Yauch. Before that, he had been an exec at ThinkFilm, where, in 2006, he first collaborated with Yauch to distribute his film “Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!” Oscilloscope’s notable releases under his tenure included “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Wendy and Lucy,” “Bellflower,” “No Impact Man” and “Shut Up and Play the Hits.”
A24’s first hit came in 2013, with James Franco’s “Spring Breakers” grossing more than $32 million globally, followed by Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” with $19 million. The company saw significant success in the 2015 awards season with “Room,” which won Brie Larson an Oscar, and “Ex Machina,” which earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
A24 scored its biggest grosser in Barry Jenkins’ 2016 coming-of-age drama “Moonlight,” which earned $65 million worldwide; the film was also a critical success, winning the best picture Oscar. Upcoming releases include “The Florida Project” with Willem Dafoe, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Lady Bird” with Saoirse Ronan and Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.”