It’s a good time to be director Nia DaCosta. Not only did her new film, horror flick “Candyman,” have a spectacular opening weekend in August, she made history in the process, becoming the first Black female director to debut at No. 1 at the U.S. box office, reports NPR.
Before DaCosta, Ava DuVernay had come the closest to nabbing the top spot, opening at No.2 in 2018 with “A Wrinkle in Time.”
“Candyman,” an update of the classic 1992 horror film of the same name, opened in theaters nationwide on Aug. 27 and ended the weekend raking in more than $22 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
DaCosta directed and co-wrote the film with “Get Out” director Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, one of the executive producers of “Black Klansman”. Premiering alongside the film was a “social impact initiative,” a campaign created to promote conversation around issues explored in the film, such as gentrification.