Nia DaCosta is First Black Female Director to Debut at Top of U.S. Box Office

Nia DaCosta attends the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards on January 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. MARK VON HOLDEN/AP

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.

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’s Candyman places the urban legend in contemporary Chicago and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (previously seen in HBO’s Watchmen) as protagonist Anthony McCoy, an artist whose career aspirations lead him to dangerous places.