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Nia DeCosta first Black woman director to debut atop box office


It’s a good week to be director Nia DaCosta. Not only did her new film, horror flick “Candyman” have a spectacular opening weekend, 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 Friday 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.