The Universal Pictures film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II grossed an impressive $ 22.3 million in a quiet weekend, despite concerns about the Delta variant. The R-rated horror film, co-written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta, deals with an urban legend who believes that if someone repeats “Candyman” five times in front of a mirror, that person will evoke the hookhand killer / p> The sequel is a sequel to the original “Candyman” from 1992. The new film is expected to gross $ 5.23 million in 51 international markets.

“It was a quiet weekend, but it was a Another tick in the hit column for horror, “said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

” Candyman “took first place ahead of second place” Free Guy “, who took first place at the box office on the previous two weekends . The action comedy, with Ryan Reynolds as a background character in a video game, grossed more than $ 13.5 million.

Dergarabedian said consumers are very picky about what they do outside of their home, especially when it comes to going to the cinema.

“When you have brand new movies, when they’re from a genre that people love like horror, or have stars like Ryan Reynolds and a movie that is thought to be great, people want to go out to see her, “he said. “The other films that are either streaming and / or don’t get the most attention or criticism will fall by the wayside. It’s just the nature of this marketplace. ”In third place, PAW Patrol picked up $ 6.6 million – a 50% decrease from the movie’s opening weekend. The Paramount film, based on the popular children’s TV show, grossed more than $ 24 million.

“Jungle Cruise” took fourth place for $ 5 million and helped the Disney action -Adventure film with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, dwarfing the $ 100 million mark in North America in five weeks.

“Don’t Breathe 2” grossed $ 2.8 million, “Respect” with Jennifer Hudson raised $ 2.2 million and “The Suicide Squad” raised a little over $ 2 million.

Meanwhile, “The Protege” with Michael Keaton and Maggie Q raised $ 1.6 million Dollars and “The Night House” 1.2 million US dollars.

“Black Widow” barely managed to hold onto 10th place with $ 855,000. In eight weeks, the Marvel film starring Scarlett Johansson in North America has amassed more than $ 181.5 million.

“You will have a very top-heavy box office and especially for movies that are available on streaming,” he said. “If they’re not totally hip people just stay home and watch them there.

” If these films at the top generate great word of mouth and goodwill when audiences go to the cinema, that’s long-term good for business, ”said Dergarabedian.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday in US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. If available, the current international numbers for Friday to Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.