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.”