Nia DaCosta adds another milestone to her resume. She became the first black female director to open a film at number one at the domestic box office with her latest project, “Candyman”. Universal reboot/sequel of the 1992 classic earned $20.4 million last weekend, deadline reports. DaCosta once made history with the name The first black woman to lead a Marvel Studios movie, the sequel to “Captain Marvel” “The Marvels”, which is now in production.
Meanwhile, ‘Candyman’ marks the second highest-grossing 3-day domestic opening weekend BO for a black female director,” Source details, “This record is owned by Ava DuVernay and Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ debuted at number two. Over the weekend of March 9-11, 2018 at $33.1 million. with that picture, DuVernay became the first woman of color to direct a movie with a budget of over $100 million.
Deadline adds: “The five top domestic box office opening films directed by black female directors are ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ ($33.1 million), ‘Candyman’ ($20.4 million), ‘Little’ ($15.4 million, Abbey Tina) Gordon), “The Picture” ($12.1 million, Stella Meiji Abbey), and “Queen & Slim” ($11.89 million, Melina Matsokas Abbey).”
DaCosta wrote “Candyman” with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. Against the backdrop of the city of Chicago, the photo sees an artist exploring the legend of the Candyman – a killer character who appears if you say his name in the mirror five times in a row – as part of his next project.
DaCosta made her directorial debut with “Little Woods” The story of two sisters trying to raise enough cash to save their childhood home from foreclosure. Episodes of “Top Boy” are among her other credits as a director. She co-created and produced the horror podcast “Ghost Tape”. the following, DaCosta directly linked to the “Lincoln plot” A book based on a secret society and their failed attempt to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
“The Marvels” is scheduled to open on November 11, 2022.
When we asked DaCosta what advice she would give fellow female directors, She said, “Write, write, write. Surround yourself with excellent, talented, good people.”