Nia DaCosta Sets Record with No. 1 ‘Candyman’ Opening Weekend

August 30, 2021

It looks like audiences were ready to check out Candyman this weekend, and they broke records doing so. According to, “With the $20.4M opening of Universal/MGM/Monkeypaw’s Candymandirector Nia DaCosta becomes the first Black female director to debut a movie in the No. 1 weekend spot at the domestic box office.”

“At the same time, Candyman marks the second-highest-grossing 3-day domestic weekend B.O. opening for a Black female director; that record owned by Ava DuVernay and her Disney movie A Wrinkle In Time which debuted in the No. 2 spot over the weekend of March 9-11, 2018 to $33.1M behind the fourth weekend of Black Panther which slotted No. 1 with $40.8M. DuVernay was the first Black female director to helm a $100M+ production from a major Hollywood studio. DaCosta also co-wrote Candyman with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld.”

Did you see ‘Candyman’ this weekend? What did you think about the DaCosta helmed movie?

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