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Nia DaCosta's 'Candyman' Surpasses Projection And Makes Box Office History With $22.3M Debut

History was made this past weekend in the box office as Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” became the first No. 1 film directed by a Black woman. According to IndieWire, the film grossed an estimated $22.3 million in its initial domestic weekend. The film’s earnings surpassed its projection of $15 million. Variety reported that the film’s release was delayed numerous times due to the coronavirus pandemic. While “Candyman” was initially set to hit movie theaters last year, the decision to delay its release ultimately worked in the film’s utmost favor. Both old and new fans filled movie theaters across the nation and brought in a diverse audience. “Universal believed it would attract Black viewers with the pedigree of Get Out and Us , and it did,” reported IndieWire. “However, the appeal was more diverse: Per the studio’s audience survey, 37 percent of the audience was Black, white was 30 percent, Latinos 22 percent, and Asians 5 percent. That spread was key to reaching the higher number.” With...

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 30, 2021

Filmmaker Nia DaCosta Makes History as First Black Woman to Direct a Marvel Movie

Black women in film have been making major strides this year. As a filmmaker, Nia DaCosta is one of the latest to be added to the growing list of groundbreaking achievements as she was named director of “Captain Marvel 2,” making her the first Black woman to direct a movie in the Marvel Studios franchise, REVOLT reports . Users online were excited to hear the news as the demand for more Black storytellers has grown tremendously during 2020. I think this is an awesome hire. I can't wait for her CandyMan take and now the Captain Marvel sequel. An exciting filmmaker to watch. — Steven Stiller (@StevenStiller) August 6, 2020 DaCosta — better known for directing the indie film “Little Woods” in 2018 and the upcoming “Candyman” remake alongside Jordan Peele — is entering into a realm no other director has known before. After proving to stand out amongst her competition, the Marvel corporation hand-selected her to bring the new film to life, Deadline reports . DaCosta, like other Black...

Njera Perkins

Aug 11, 2020