The horror flick is an enormous milestone, each for the 31-year-old filmmaker and the business: She’s the primary black feminine director to prime the box-office chart.
“Candyman” is a remake of the 1992 horror basic of the identical identify. Co-written by DaCosta, Oscar winner Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, the plot follows Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as an artist who strikes into the primary movie’s gentrified Cabrini-Inexperienced neighborhood along with his girlfriend. The slasher film additionally stars Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen.
The film beat expectations, according to Variety, because it was projected to earn $15 million in ticket gross sales.
The blowout weekend for “Candyman” additionally marks the second-highest opening-weekend gross for a movie directed by a black girl. Ava DuVernay holds that prime spot, with 2018’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which grossed $33 million in its opening weekend. It was additionally the primary movie directed by a black girl to move $100 million on the field workplace.
Whereas DaCosta’s achievement is a righteous one, black girls are nonetheless underrepresented on this planet of directing. However she’s is on a mission to vary all of that.
The Brooklyn native will make historical past but once more as the first black woman and the youngest person to direct a Marvel movie with “The Marvels” — the sequel to 2019’s “Captain Marvel.” The superhero flick is presently in manufacturing and can hit theaters in 2022.