Slasher film 'Candyman' slices way to top North America box office

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Los Angeles Published: Aug 30, 2021, 10:03 AM(IST)

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Universal's slasher film 'Candyman' has topped North American box offices in its opening weekend, with an estimated $22.4 million take nearly equal to its production budget, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

Universal's slasher film 'Candyman' has topped North American box offices in its opening weekend, with an estimated $22.4 million take nearly equal to its production budget, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

Analysts said that three-day total surpassed expectations for an R-rated film opening in the Covid-19 era -- and with powerful Hurricane Ida depressing attendance in some Southern states.

The film, written by Jordan Peele and with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the blood-spattered starring role, had a budget of $25 million, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Last week's box office leader, Twentieth Century's sci-fi comedy 'Free Guy,' slipped to second place, at $13.6 million. The family-friendly film stars Ryan Reynolds as an Everyman bank teller who finds he is a character in a huge video game.

In the third spot, also down one position, was Paramount animation 'Paw Patrol: The Movie,' at $6.6 million. Based on a popular kids' television show, it tells the story of a boy named Ryder and the brave pooches who help him save Adventure City from an evil mayor.

In fourth was Disney's family adventure film 'Jungle Cruise' at $5 million, bringing its North American total just past $100 million. The studio is also offering the movie on its Disney Plus streaming service.

And in fifth was horror feature 'Don't Breathe 2' from Sony, at $2.8 million.  

Rounding out the top 10 were:

"Respect" ($2.3 million)

"The Suicide Squad" ($2 million)

"The Protege" ($1.7 million)

"The Night House" ($1.2 million)

"Black Widow" ($855,000)

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