Hidden Figures showed up and showed out at the box office by scooping $22.8 million on its opening weekend!
The film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, defeated Rogue One, who was expected to be the box office blockbuster. Nah, boo boo!
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
Sunday morning estimates had showed the two films all but tying for the No. 1 spot with roughly $22 million each but Hidden Figures, playing in 4,157 theaters, did more business than expected throughout the day. (Most rival studios showed Hidden Figures narrowly beating Rogue One all along. The stand-alone Star Wars story is hardly a slouch, having stayed atop the chart for three consecutive weekends.)
Nabbing a coveted A+ CinemaScore, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as the real-life African-American mathematicians who helped NASA put the first men into space even while having to endure a segregated workplace. Their story, however, had been obscured for decades.
“It is a film for everyone regardless of age, gender or race, and effectively illustrates the power of the human mind and spirit,” said Fox domestic distribution president Chris Aronson. “In these challenging times, its life-affirming message comes along at a perfect time.”
Octavia Spencer earned a Best Supporting Actress nod at the Golden Globes for her incredible performance as Dorothy Vaughan in the film.
Unfortunately, the Golden Globes played themselves by referring to the film – not once…but twice as Hidden Fences.
Pharrell‘s face was priceless, but I’m disappointed he didn’t correct her immediately.
Like clockwork, Twitter had a field day with it by offering their own remixed titles of black movies.
Peep the tweets on page 2.