Candyman horror flick tops the box office with $22M… with Free Guy and Paw Patrol trailing behind


Candyman horror flick ‘exceeded all industry expectations’ and tops the box office with $22M… with Free Guy and Paw Patrol trailing behind

Despite three delays due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Candyman made a thrilling debut at the box office.

Jordan Peele’s highly-anticipated horror film ‘exceeded all industry expectations’ and garnered $22.37million between 3,569 theaters over the weekend.

Following closely behind, Disney and 20th Century’s Free Guy earned another $12million, while Paw Patrol picked up $6.6million to round out the top three films.

Top spot: Jordan Peele’s highly-anticipated horror film, Candyman, ‘exceeded all industry expectations’ and garnered $22.37million between 3,569 US theaters over the weekend

The chilling flick opened in 51 international markets and earned $5.23million, for a global total of $27.6million.

‘Nia DaCosta crafted an intense thriller that audiences responded to extraordinarily well this weekend,’ Universal’s Domestic Theatrical Distribution President Jim Orr told Deadline.

‘The debut of Candyman exceeded all industry expectations, and with the very positive audience reaction scores and a three-day holiday in our second weekend, we’re anticipating a strong theatrical run at the domestic box office.’ 

Big time: The chilling flick opened in 51 international markets and earned $5.23million, for a global total of $27.6million

Big time: The chilling flick opened in 51 international markets and earned $5.23million, for a global total of $27.6million

Sci fi guy: Ryan Reynolds' Free Guy held the No. 1 spot for two weekends in a row, and has now generated $78 million

Sci fi guy: Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy held the No. 1 spot for two weekends in a row, and has now generated $78 million

Peele’s production was initially ready for the big screen in June 2020, but various coronavirus lockdowns pushed the release to September, and then October, only for it to make its debut in August the following year. 

Candyman — which was financed through MGM with Universal on marketing and distribution — cost $25M to produce.

Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy held the No. 1 spot for two weekends in a row, and has now generated $78 million.

Hard at work: Reynolds stars in the film as the bank teller Guy, who learns that he's living in a video game world as a non-playable background character

Hard at work: Reynolds stars in the film as the bank teller Guy, who learns that he’s living in a video game world as a non-playable background character

They're on a roll! Based on the popular kids TV show, Paw Patrol, which was released August 20, has earned $24 million in the U.S. and Canada

They’re on a roll! Based on the popular kids TV show, Paw Patrol, which was released August 20, has earned $24 million in the U.S. and Canada

Reynolds stars in the film as the bank teller Guy, who learns that he’s living in a video game world as a non-playable background character.

When he learns his world is about to be deleted in favor of a sequel video game, he decides to fight back to reclaim his freedom.

Based on the popular kids TV show, Paw Patrol, which was released August 20, has earned $24 million in the U.S. and Canada. 

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