Over the course of the last month, we have watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dominate the box office. The struggle of the Rebellion to obtain the plans for the first Imperial Death Star struck a chord with audiences, and the numbers confirmed that Rogue One became nothing less than a phenomenon. That said, it now seems that a real life struggle against oppression has overtaken the adventures in the galaxy far, far away. Hidden Figures (not Hidden Fences) has officially passed Rogue One at the box office, and the cast of the movie recently took to social media to celebrate the occasion. Here's what Taraji P. Henson had to say about the success.
Taraji P. Henson's Instagram post pretty much says it all. The financial success of Hidden Figures represents a significant watershed moment for black women in Hollywood, as the story of three African-American NASA mathematicians has clearly resonated with moviegoers -- seemingly disproving any notion that race or gender diversity can somehow hamper a film's performance. To beat a Star Wars movie at the box office (particularly with Hidden Figures screening in fewer theaters) is a major accomplishment, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the actress. Her fan base has responded to the success as well, and the comments section of her post has become flooded with support and praise for the movie's victory.
The other members of the Hidden Figures cast chimed in on the success of the film as well. Octavia used her Instagram account to address the success of her new movie, and her caption specifically referenced the Star Wars franchise. She said:
Like Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae similarly echoed the idea that The Force was with the Hidden Figures ladies at the box office this weekend. She additionally pointed out that, despite screening in slightly more than half as many theaters as Rogue One, Hidden Figures managed to pull in an impressive $22.8 million. Even with less exposure, the film managed to become a clear hit; that's no easy feat.
Here's Janelle Monae's post:
Hidden Figures has gone on to become a delightfully surprising wide January release in its first few days at the box office. The film's numbers prove that it has apparently found a home with audiences, but it has also become a critical darling as well. As of the publishing of this article, the film is currently riding high with a 93% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell have the film an impressive 4/5 star rating in his review.
Of course, it is worth remembering that Hidden Figures has the advantage of freshness on its side. Rogue One dominated the box office since its release on December 16, and its reign had to come to an end at some point. The first Star Wars standalone film debuted to an impressive $155 million domestic opening weekend, and it went on to garner a worldwide gross of $914 million in the subsequent weeks. A movie was eventually going to take down Rogue One, and it seems that Hidden Figures has earned that honor.
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