Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Taraji P. Henson are number one at the box office for the second week in a row. The inspirational film Hidden Figures tells the story of three African American women mathematicians that helped send John Glenn into space.
The reviews have been raving about the movie, calling it inspiring and it is motivating women all over to get into “formation”. The film shows the amazing work that can be done when we work collectively.
According to The Daily Mail, this is what the elated Taraji P. Henson said about the film being in first place. “What a proud moment! I have been told my entire career, black women can’t open films domestically or internationally. Well anything is possible,” said Taraji, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 for her performance in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The Hustle & Flow star said that “most importantly, Hidden Figures success proves that people like good material, a factor that has nothing to do with gender or race.”
Octavia Spencer also shared the excitement. “It’s still hard to believe, but it’s exciting,” Spencer said “I’m really happy that these women are finally getting their moment in the limelight, and that Taraji, Janelle, Kevin [Costner] and I, and the rest of the cast got to be a part of that telling. It’s exciting.”
Studio numbers for the first weekend revealed that Hidden Figures ($22.8 million) ended Rogue One’s ($22 million) three-week stay at the top in its first week of widespread release, as it played at more than 2,400 theaters. This weekend is projected for $25.3 million.
-Kerri L. Hill