continues to put numbers on the board with back-to-back triumphs atop the box office. But while the film tells the true story of three African-American women mathematicians who led the way to the country’s early space efforts, it continues to make history in real time.
According to the Huffington Post, Hidden Figures became the first movie with a multiple female lead cast since The Help (2011) to land at No. 1 two weekends in a row.
The film might see a three-peat after a “good samaritan” purchased all the tickets to a screening of the movie at an AMC theater over the MLK weekend.
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A historic, non-fictional story just found another place in the record books. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hidden Figures landed at the top spot at the box office this past weekend. The film, directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent, The Beneficiary), tells the pivotal story of three African-American mathematicians who played an integral role in NASA’s early space efforts.
The reel raked in $22.8 million after its nationwide debut, knocking out its main competitor, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After news of Hidden Figures‘ massive success, co-star Taraji P. Henson shared her excitement on Instagram.
“I have been told my entire career ‘Black women can’t open films domestically or internationally.’ Well anything is possible,” she wrote. “Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR RACE. Agreed?”
#GodIs I have been told my entire career “Black women can’t open films domestically or internationally”. Well anything is possible. Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR RACE. Agreed?! Thank you to everyone who supported this weekend even during the snow storm (which btw affected some of our biggest demographics). AND WE WERE IN FEWER THEATERS!!! What a proud moment!!! #HiddenFigures🚀 💋💋💋 P.S. telling me what I can’t do only makes me focus on proving nay Sayers WRONG!!! 😘