‘Candyman’ Doesn’t Disappoint, Topping Weekend Box Office

Universal Pictures’ horror movie Candyman finished atop the weekend box office, besting projections of less than $20 million with $22.4 million in ticket sales across 3,569 North American screens through Aug. 29. The drama, which had an 85% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, has generated more than $27 million in worldwide ticket sales on a reported $25 million production budget.

A follow-up to the 1992 original Candyman, the film was directed by Nia DaCosta and features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II heading a largely black ensemble cast. The new Candyman supplanted Disney/20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, which earned $13.5 million across 3,940 screens. The Ryan Reynolds action comedy has realized $78 million in revenue in three weeks (more than $179 million globally).

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Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Movie finished in the No. 3 spot with $6.6 million, generating $24 million in North American ticket sales.

It remains to be seen if Universal will release Candyman into homes on PVOD within 17 days of release, as part of the studio’s agreement with major exhibitors for movies that generate less than $50 million in their opening box office weekend.

Regardless, the weekend box office undercut the previous two-month low of $59 million by 1.3% at $58.3 million. Other releases included Disney’s Jungle Cruise with $5 million ($100 million); Screen Gems’ Don’t Breathe 2 with $2.83 million ($24.5 million); MGM’s Respect with $2.1 million ($19.6 million); Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad at $2 million ($52.8 million); Lionsgate’s The Protege with $1.65 million ($5.7 million); Searchlight Pictures’ The Night House with $1.21 million ($5.7 million); and Disney/Marvel Studios’ Black Widow with $855,000 ($181.5 million).

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