The latest Octavia Spencer-starring flick, Hidden Figures, has done the impossible. When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rolled into theatres in December, many believed it would be an unstoppable giant. Much to Disney’s pleasure, the success of Rogue One has allowed the film to hold the number one spot for four weeks straight. The Felicity Jones-starring movie was expected to complete a fifth consecutive victory at number one, with initial reports saying the film would eclipse Hidden Figures by $200,000.
Rogue One finished the weekend with $21.9 million, bringing its domestic gross to a grand total of $477 million. Of course, the film pales in comparison to 2015’s The Force Awakens, but neither Disney, nor cinema-goers expected it to topple that giant. Rogue One now stands at $914.4 million worldwide (according to Box Office Mojo), and is expected to sail past $1 billion within the coming days.
The real success story here is Hidden Figures. The film beat Rogue One by “about $1 million,” earning $22. 8 million. The Fox-picture was up for two Golden Globes, including Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category, for Octavia Spencer, but lost out to Viola Davis’ brilliant performance in Fences. The film currently holds a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and is expected to be a big player at the Academy Awards. The movie also holds an A+ CinemaScore, a crucial component behind its incredible opening weekend. I have yet to see Hidden Figures, but after the successful box office, and awesome reviews, I will be sure to check it out!
What do you guys think? Have you seen Hidden Figures? How many times have you seen Rogue One? Were you shocked by the weekend’s results?
Hidden Figures and Rogue One are in theatres now.
Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.