Acclaimed “Candyman” Heads For $15M Start

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Universal and MGM’s new R-rated “Candyman” is expected to pull in roughly $15 million in ticket sales for its domestic opening this weekend – the only new nationwide opener.

Bernard Rose’s “Candyman” in 1992 remains one of the better-reviewed horror films of the era and now Nia DaCosta’s new one – which serves as both a direct sequel and minor reboot – has surpassed it with excellent reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (89% vs. the original’s 76%).

The new “Candyman” faced numerous COVID-related delays but is now arriving exclusively in theaters. Unfortunately, it’s also battling the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant which is causing hesitancy at the multiplex.

Budgeted at $25 million, the film won’t require a large theatrical haul to be into profit. The exclusivity window shouldn’t be too long either as it’s a Universal release which would indicate an early-mid October PVOD release.

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