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
#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!!! 😘
Singer and actress Janelle Monae had a similar reaction to the great achievement:
THE FORCE WAS WITH US. It took over 50 years to tell the story of these 3 brilliant African American female protagonists. Without the research of @margotleeshetterly these women would still be hidden. This weekend we only had 2,471 theaters, while Rogue One' had 4,157 locations. We had snow storms that caused east coast region theaters to close, but #HIDDENFENCES still managed to win the race! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT A TICKET, BROUGHT YOUR FAMILY/FRIENDS, TOLD A FRIEND, POSTED ON SM, prayed for this film, etc. WE ARE Forever forever THANKFUL. WE DID THIS TOGETHER! Mary, Katherine, Dorothy and all the colored and human computers at NASA who took America to space are HIDDEN NO MORE. WE WILL NOT BE ERASED. 🙏🏿❤😭#hiddenfigures🚀 #starwars #rogueone Side note: I think it's awesome that two movies about space were dueling it out. Y'all know I'm a space Sci-Fi geek for life .🚀