HomeABC Entertainment‘Candyman’s Nia DaCosta becomes first Black woman to direct a no. 1 movie‘Candyman’s Nia DaCosta becomes first Black woman to direct a no. 1 movieTue, August 31, 2021 by ABC NewsSHARE NOW Rachel Murray/Getty ImagesNia DaCosta accomplished a major career milestone when her supernatural slasher Candyman bowed at number one in theaters over the weekend — she became the first Black woman to debut a film at number one at the domestic box office.Candyman crushed the weekend box office with a $22.4 million opening.Deadline reports that DaCosta, who directed the “spiritual sequel” of the first Candyman movie — which came out in 1992 — also grossed the second-highest opening over a three-day period for a Black female director. Ava DuVernay‘s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time holds the top honor with a $33.1 million opening weekend.DaCosta, 31, co-wrote Candyman alongside Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. The 2021 reboot is the first in the horror franchise’s nearly 30-year history to feature an all-Black main cast.Candyman is the second film she’s directed, behind her 2018 debut Little Woods.Now, DaCosta is onto her next big project — the Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels, which is due out November 11, 2022.Candyman — which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Colman Domingo — is in theaters now.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.