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Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Makes History As First No. 1 Film Directed By A Black Woman

The new Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, recently became the first number one film in the box office to be helmed by a Black woman. 

DaCosta earning the No. 1 spot places her ahead of two Black women directors who came close to making history: Ava DuVeray’s Selma and A Wrinkle in Time, and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Love and Basketball.  

The horror film, which has already surpassed its financial projections during opening weekend, has performed much better than box office analysts expected considering its release in the midst of a pandemic. 

“Universal believed it would attract Black viewers with the pedigree of Get Out and Us, and it did,” said 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.”

Candyman serves as a sequel to the original 1992 film directed by Bernard Rose, and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Vanessa Williams. The film’s intrigue and anticipation can be attributed to Jordan Peele’s name being attached, as the outstanding success of Get Out and Us broke barriers for Black horror filmmakers. The raving reviews, however, commend DaCosta’s individual style and the strong execution of the risk-taking film. 

Previously, 31-year-old DaCosta earned the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for her debut crime thriller feature film Little Woods. Now, she’s serving as the director for The Marvels (2022) in perhaps her most monumental project yet. We can’t wait to see what DaCosta creates next!

Watch the trailer for Candyman below.

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a 28-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds.

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