Surprise! Turns out 'Hidden Figures' beat 'Rogue One' at the box office

The stars of Hidden Figures are celebrating the movie's apparent box-office victory, the day after the film appeared to come in second place for the weekend.

Hidden Figures, the story African-American women working at NASA during the Space Race, received word Monday morning that surging attendance Sunday would give the film the weekend crown. 20th Century Fox, the studio distributing the film, calculated Monday that Hidden Figures topped the weekend with $22.8 million to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's $21.7 million.

Sunday morning's estimates showed Rogue One as the box-office champ for the fourth straight week with $21.97 million while Hidden Figures — which expanded by more than 2,000 theaters after opening in limited release — was estimated to have collected $21.7 million.

"The force was with us," Hidden Figures star Janelle Monáe wrote in an exuberant post on Instagram the morning after she and co-star Octavia Spencer walked the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards. "This weekend we only had 2,471 theaters, while Rogue One had 4,157 locations. We had snowstorms that caused East Coast region theaters to close."

However, Monae added, Hidden Figures "still managed to win the race!"

Hidden Figures star Taraji P. Henson also took to Instagram to praise the apparent win. "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?!"

"What a proud moment!!!" Henson added.

Chris Aronson, 20th Century Fox domestic distribution chief, said an "exceptionally strong Sunday" boosted Hidden Figures, in part because weather improved in the snow-filled East.

He called it an "awesome result," which was "mostly attributable to extraordinary word of mouth."

Hidden Figures received an A-plus grade from audiences at CinemaScore and a 93% approval rating from critics on review site

Walt Disney Studios, which distributes Rogue One, said it will release final numbers for the weekend this afternoon, but had no further comment.


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