Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo feature in the film, which is directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele, with Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd, and Virginia Madsen reprising their roles from the original 1992 picture. The sequel was supposed to be out on June 12, 2020, but owing to the epidemic, it was pushed back three times in the last year.
The picture was expected to gross roughly $15 million in its first weekend in the United States and Canada, but it has already surpassed that figure. “Candyman” has generated $22.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $5.2 million in foreign regions, for a total of $27.6 million in earnings just two days after its premiere.
The 1992 remake of “Candyman” came out at a time when Hollywood thought Black horror films wouldn’t sell. It used to be that Black horror film pitches were quite rare, but because to Peele, that has changed in recent years. The success of Jordan Peele’s 2017 film “Get Out,” which had a budget of $4.5 million and grossed a staggering $255 million at the domestic and international box office, can be credited to the surge of Black horror films.
“You look at Jordan’s first film, ‘Get Out’, a sub $5 million dollar movie, which is really cheap to make a film, especially a film of that scale,” DaCosta tells theGrio. “He proved that not only could the movie make a ton of money in the States and be critically acclaimed, but also internationally. That helps for other people to follow. I think that’s what’s changing… We’re able to prove ourselves more now,” she concludes.