It’s another history making move for the 31-year-old director and screenwriter Nia DaCosta.
Becoming the first Black female director to have a movie debut at No. 1 at the domestic box, according to Deadline.
Nia DaCosta is an American director and screenwriter.
She wrote and directed the crime thriller film Little Woods, winning the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Universal Pictures film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen raked in $22.3 million in its first weekend.
The R-rated horror movie is co-written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta.
The sequel is a follow up to the original “Candyman” in 1992. The new film is expects to gross $5.23 million in 51 international markets.
The Captain Marvel sequel, “The Marvels,” is currently in production with DaCosta also directing.
She is also the first Black woman to direct a Marvel Studios film. It’s scheduled to release in 2022.
Before DaCosta, Ava DuVernay came the closest to securing the top spot, opening at No. 2 in 2018 with A Wrinkle In Time.
BOX OFFICE: The biggest stories…
– #Candyman tops all w/ $22M on a $25M budget
– That’s the biggest opening ever for director Nia DaCosta
– It’s also the 4th highest opening ever for the final weekend of August
– Also, #JungleCruise becomes 4th movie this summer to cross $100M pic.twitter.com/2S3Jr4wJwc
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) August 29, 2021