17 March 2013 1:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24’s “Spring Breakers” opened to the most unexpected limited success of any film in recent history with a two-city $90,000 per screen average: this for a filmmaker (Harmony Korine) whose past films have struggled to gross that much during their entire runs. After weeks of sparse new openings to fill the post-Oscar void, this weekend showed real strength. Curiously, none of the three new good-to-great openers come from the usual companies that dominate the year-round line-up, and each was not seen as an automatic success (which is why they weren't picked up a bigger company). A24 had a second opening this week (a very unusual move) with “Ginger and Rosa,” very ambitious for a new company. Formed just before Toronto last year by three veterans of the specialized industry, including David Fenkel, who co-founded Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2008 (which also opened a new film this week), the company has already made »


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