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‘Candyman’ Marks First-Ever No. 1 Film For a Black Female Director

Although remakes and reboots have gotten a fair share of flack from those who simply want to see more originality in Hollywood, there have been a few exceptions to the rule that make for a worthy blast from the past.

It’s looking like the new Candyman film might actually fall in that category after it not only topped the box office this week but also made Nia DaCosta the first Black female director to earn that Hollywood honor.

According to IndieWire, Candyman scared up an estimated $22,370,00 during its initial domestic weekend, pushing way past the $15 million it was projected to take in. DaCosta’s big win for Black women in Hollywood follows only a handful that’ve come close to having a #1 week at the box office, including Selma and A Wrinkle in Time by Ava DuVernay as well as the 2000 classic Love and Basketball by Gina Prince-Blythewood. All three of those aforementioned films landed in second place.

Candyman came out on top during a rather competitive week, besting out new releases like Free GuyPAW PatrolJungle CruiseDon’t Breathe 2, the Aretha Franklin biopic RESPECTThe Suicide Squad reboot, The ProtegeThe Night House and Old, respectively.

Congrats, Nia DaCosta! Are you planning on seeing Candyman this week? Peep the trailer below to see if you can handle the hair-raising horror:

Original News Source: BlackAmericaWeb // Reporter Credit by: Keenan “HIGz” Higgins

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