The film was released theatrically on August 27.
Nia DaCosta's highly-anticipated film Candyman is breaking records. The horror movie was released theatrically on August 27 and dominated the box office on its opening weekend, grossing $20.4 million. This makes DaCosta the first Black female director to have a film reach the weekend's number one spot at the domestic box office, despite mixed reviews and an end-of-the-month release.
The slasher movie also became the second-highest-grossing three-day domestic weekend box office opening for a Black female director, a record previously owned by Ava DuVernay and her 2018 Disney film A Wrinkle In Time.
The slasher film is a direct sequel to the 1992 original. It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy, an artist who, after a chance encounter with an old-timer, begins to draw inspiration from the story behind Candyman in Chicago's now-gentrified Cabrini-Green neighborhood. But Anthony unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
In addition to Abdul-Mateen, Candyman also stars Teyonah Parris as Anthony's girlfriend and gallery director, Brianna Cartwright, Colman Domingo as William Burke, an old Cabrini-Green neighbour, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Brianna’s brother Troy, and Carl Clemons-Hopkins as an artist named Jameson.
DaCosta previously shared her excitement about contributing to the growth of Black filmmaking during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight.
"There are so many more Black filmmakers working and so many different kinds of genres today, so I’m really excited about that and I’m excited to be a part of that", she said, adding that it's especially "cool to see the proliferation of Black horror stories."
"I'm really excited to see where else it can go and what kinds of stories we can tell around the Black experience that don’t necessarily have to do with historical racial trauma", DaCosta stated.