Looks like Candy man did cute numbers at the box office.
Universal Pictures’ new horror film is the new top film in the US and Canada, grossing just over $ 22 million on its first weekend in cinema. Nia DaCostas Candy man blew the lowball forecast of $ 15 million.
Nia DaCosta has broken new ground for black women in Hollywood.
Although some came close in second place, Nia makes DaCosta Candy man the first # 1 film by a black director. Ava DuVernay (“Selma”, “A Wrinkle in Time”) and Gina Prince-Blythewood (“Love and Basketball”) all had number 2 on the weekend.
Corresponding Indiewire, Universal believed it would attract black onlookers with the same pedigree Exit and US. The appeal, however, was more diverse. According to Universal Studio’s audience poll, 37 percent of the audience were black, 30 percent white, Latinos 22 percent, and Asians 5 percent. This diffusion in diversity was the key to reaching the higher number.
The original film, based on a short story by Clive Barker, focused on an urban legend about the ghost of a murdered slave son who reappears and goes on a murderous rampage.
The new version, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, is still exploring the urban legend that says that someone who repeats “Candyman” five times in front of a mirror would hook-hand the killer. Unlike 1992, however, this Candyman includes a black creative team of writers and producers, including Jordan Peele.