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'Candyman' remake tops the North American box office
Original movies are over-performing, despite box office slump
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"Candyman" hooked the top spot at the North American box office.
The Universal Pictures film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II impressively pulled in more than $22.3 million through a quiet weekend despite concerns over the delta variant. The R-rated horror movie, co-written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta, delves into an urban legend that believes if someone repeats "Candyman" five times in front of a mirror, that person would summon the hook-handed killer.
The sequel is a follow up to the original "Candyman" in 1992. The new film expects to gross $5.23 million in 51 international markets.
"It was a quiet weekend, but it was another check mark in the success column for horror," Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore.
"Candyman" claimed No. 1 over second place "Free Guy," which scored first place at the box office the previous two weekends. The action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as a background character in a video game, earned more than $13.5 million.
After "Free Guy," the numbers begin to substantially drop.