This weekend’s big movie, “Hidden Figures,” ended up surpassing box-office expectations to beat “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for the #1 spot.
The film, which grossed nearly $1 million more than the “Star Wars” spin-off, earned a healthy $22.8 million at the box office — an incredible feat considering the film had a budget of just $25 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” earned $21.9 million in its fourth weekend.
The film, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, is about a group of African-American women who were some of the most influential figures in the space program at NASA and is based on the true stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.
Monae shared her excitement over the film’s box-office success on Instagram, writing in her caption “WE ARE Forever forever THANKFUL. Mary, Katherine, Dorothy and all the colored and human computers at NASA who took America to space are HIDDEN NO MORE. WE WILL NOT BE ERASED.”
THE FORCE WAS WITH US. It took over 50 years to tell the story of these 3 brilliant African American female protagonists. Without the research of @margotleeshetterly these women would still be hidden. This weekend we only had 2,471 theaters, while Rogue One' had 4,157 locations. We had snow storms that caused east coast region theaters to close, but #HIDDENFENCES still managed to win the race! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT A TICKET, BROUGHT YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS, TOLD A FRIEND, POSTED ON SM, prayed for this film, etc. WE ARE Forever forever THANKFUL. WE DID THIS TOGETHER! Mary, Katherine, Dorothy and all the colored and human computers at NASA who took America to space are HIDDEN NO MORE. WE WILL NOT BE ERASED. 🙏🏿❤😭#hiddenfigures🚀 #starwars #rogueone Side note: I think it's awesome that two movies about space were dueling it out. Y'all know I'm a space Sci-Fi geek for life .🚀