The flick is expected to pull in $25.3 million by the end of the MLK holiday weekend

Jan, 15, 2017

Hidden Figures does it again!

The biopic of Black women mathematicians at NASA retained its place as the #1 movie in America for the second week. It earned $20.5 million for the weekend, and a projected $25.3 million after the long weekend is done. 

By beating back some heavy-hitters, it is becoming the little-movie-that-could and one of the biggest breakouts of the awards seasons. Not only did it hold of Star Wars’ Rogue One (again), but it also faced stiff competition from La La Land after its Golden Globe win, as well as Ben Affleck’s Live by Night and Martin Scorsese's Silence--both of which flopped.

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The movie, starring ESSENCE February cover girls Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monaé, is about three female African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race.

Spencer, who plays Dorothy Vaughan in the film, paid for a free screening of the film, saying that she wanted those who couldn't afford a night at the movies to have an opportunity to see the film. 

Congrats ladies!