Yes, you heard right. A movie about three black women who were nearly erased from NASA’s history, has cracked the number one spot in the box office this past Sunday. After going toe to toe with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the captivating biographic film Hidden Figures accomplished a stunning a $22.8 million in earnings.
Hidden Figures tells the story of NASA scientists Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan who played integral roles in the launch of the first man to orbit Earth. Headed by Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer, the film not only shed light on racism, but opened the door to inspire a generation of young, female scientists and mathematicians across the world.
At the news of the success of Hidden Figures, Taraji shared this post via her Instagram
Singer and actress Janelle Monae had a similar reaction to the great achievement: