‘Emma’ Debuts as Top Specialized Opener While truTV Wins With ‘Impractical Jokers’

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‘Emma’ Debuts as Top Specialized Opener While truTV Wins With ‘Impractical Jokers’
Emma.” (Focus) — yes, there is a period in the official title — had a stellar start, more so for an early-year release as specialized theaters wean themselves off awards. “Seberg” (Amazon) also had a respectable reopening (after a one-week qualifier), while two “event”-type reality releases — “Impractical Jokers” (truTV) and “CatVideoFest 2020” (Oscilloscope) — also impressed in multi-city showings.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon) had an aggressive second-week expansion, with results showing that while (of course) it’s no “Parasite,” it is doing far better than nearly all other recent subtitled releases. The range of responses to multiple new films is encouraging.

Opening

Emma. (Focus) Metacritic: 69

$230,000 in 4 theaters; PTA: $46,000

This is the top specialized opener so far this year, ahead of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” in its initial four New York/Los Angeles theaters. It’s also the second PTA to see more than $40,000, and that’s two more
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