Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Wins Friday in Close Race With ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Sing’

Hidden Figures

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Heading into the weekend, a tight race was projected between “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Sing” and “Hidden Figures,” the latter of which showed a strong expansion judging by early estimates.

Sure enough, Fox’s “Hidden Figures” earned $7.6 million at 2,471 locations to win Friday, on its way to an estimated $21 million for the weekend. “Rogue One,” meanwhile tacked on an additional $6.1 million at 4,157 theaters, shooting to a potential $24 million this weekend. Illumination-Universal’s animated comedy “Sing” made $5.1 million on Friday from 3,955 theaters and should make about $23 million by the weekend’s end.

Taraji P. Henson stars in “Hidden Figures” as Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), helped NASA advance in the Space Race. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons also star. Fox 2000 Pictures, Chernin Entertainment, Levantine Films and TSG Entertainment produced the film distributed by Fox. The awards season contender also performed well in limited release with $2.9 million from 25 locations since Dec. 25.

With an additional $6.1 million on Friday, “Rogue One” passed “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the original 1977 “Star Wars” to join the top ten highest grossing movies at the domestic box office of all time. The movie, from Disney and Lucasfilms, has also posted impressive numbers overseas.

In its debut weekend, Sony’s Screen Gems’ “Underworld: Blood Wars” made $4.9 million on Friday from 3,070 locations. The fifth film in the franchise starring Kate Beckinsale is expected to take in about $14 million in its opening weekend. “Underworld: Blood Wars” marks Anna Foerster’s feature film directorial debut.

“La La Land,” distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment, expanded to 1,515 locations picking up an additional $3.1 million to round out the top five. Its current total grosses stand at $51.8 million. A number of other awards season hopefuls remain in limited release including “Silence,” “Patriots Day,” “20th Century Women” and “Paterson.”

22 Comments

  1. juke says:

    January 8, 2017 at 4:55 am

    My Uncle Hayden got an awesome metallic Volvo S 60 T 6 R by working part-time online. Open this >>>>>>>>>>>http://tinyurl.com/OlineJobMoney1

    Reply

  2. juke says:

    January 8, 2017 at 4:54 am

    people can earn $8528 in four weeks on the computer . why not try this out…………. -*-*–*–*-*-*-**-*-*–http://tinyurl.com/OlineJobMoney1

    Reply

  3. juke says:

    January 8, 2017 at 4:53 am

    my Runty Alexandra just got a year old Nissan Murrain SUV just by some part-time working online with a lap-top… go to the website……*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-…….http://tinyurl.com/OlineJobMoney1

    Reply

  4. juke says:

    January 8, 2017 at 4:51 am

    My Uncle Xavier got an awesome gold Mercedes C-Class C63 AMG by working part-time from a home computer… i was reading this…………. http://tinyurl.com/OlineJobMoney1

    Reply

  5. Frederick Louis Richardson

    Frederick Louis Richardson says:

    January 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    The “hidden history” of this film and the female factor assures a nuch higher gross than early estimates. More than a so-called “black film”. HIDDEN FIGURES” could make history–all over again.

    Reply

  6. xibit says:

    January 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Hidden Figures is a HUGE crowd pleaser. Even if it doesn’t clean up come Oscar time, it’s going to do something more important — make a ton of money. It cost 25 million to produce, and will make that back within the week. A GOOD story with great acting will make money.

    Reply

  7. 1favored says:

    January 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    It’s not ‘close’ when the other films have 1000+ more theatres and the one with the fewest number STILL is #1.

    Reply

  8. Rudy Mario says:

    January 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    This what I meant when I posted a year ago that blacks, chicanos, hispanics and asians need to create compelling story lines that can be made in to movies or TV shows.
    What is not acceptable (most of the times) is changing the basic structure of an existing classic like say Superman or a lesser one like James Bond to have a black or Hispanic or asian in the title role. These are characters that were conceived as white and should remain as such. The universe is vast and populated by all kinds of people so let stories about them be be told as new original creations rat her then demanding gay Bond, transgendered Luke skywalker or similar crap.

    Reply

  9. Rudy Mario says:

    January 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    This what I meant when I posted a year ago that blacks, chicanos, hispanics and asians need to create compelling story lines that can be made in to movies or TV shows.
    What is not acceptable (most of the times) is changing the basic structure of an existing classic like say Superman or a lesser one like James Bond to have a black or Hispanic or asian in the title role. These are characters that were conceived as white and should remain as such. The universe is vast and populated by all kinds of people so let stories about them be be told as new original creations rat her then demanding gay Bond, transgendered Luke skywalker or similar crap.

    Reply

  10. Iván el Conquistador

    Annie says:

    January 8, 2017 at 8:25 am

    How sad that your fragile pyche can’t handle the idea that a fictional character is not white.

    Reply

  11. Frederick Louis Richardson

    Iván el Conquistador says:

    January 8, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Finally someone who says it! I approve this comment because it is a message which should be heard.

    Reply

  12. Frederick Louis Richardson says:

    January 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Agreed.

    Reply

  13. Alex123 says:

    January 7, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Funniest fiction film, maybe? Most revisionist film on the planet, category? No one has even heard of this – I only heard about it because NPR is pushing it in their daily anti-White screeds.

    Reply

  14. Frederick Louis Richardson

    Rudy Mario says:

    January 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Ha ha ha.
    Just because you were in your trailor all the time or the fact that people of color’s stories were never given a chance to be told does not mean it did not happen. Sure movies exaggerate, often for dramatic reasons but if the facts are there it should not matter unless extremely exaggerated.

    Reply

  15. Rudy Mario says:

    January 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Ha ha ha.
    Just because you were in your trailor all the time or the fact that people of color’s stories were never given a chance to be told does not mean it did not happen. Sure movies exaggerate, often for dramatic reasons but if the facts are there it should not matter unless extremely exaggerated.

    Reply

  16. shadowsleuth1989

    Frederick Louis Richardson says:

    January 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    The central protagonist in HIDDEN FIGURES is a very real, 97-year old who thought the general public would never know of her. The story, itself, is not fiction but “hidden history”.

  17. erin says:

    January 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Hidden Figures was great!

    Reply

  18. shadowsleuth1989 says:

    January 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I am loving that a bunch of classic character-driven films are getting some love as the year begins. I look forward to “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” and “La La Land” when I get a chance. A lot of the films this year up for nominations are such wonderful concepts. They remind me of classic-made films, films with purpose and not too much over-the-top, modern elements that seem to affect most films. I haven’t been a fan of the Oscars for a few years but this year I might tune in. I am loving every film going for it this year. 🙂

    Reply

  19. Go FIGURE! says:

    January 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Well, well, well, all it took to take over the box office this weekend was a few good black women. LOL! Hopefully, it can get to $25 million by the end of the weekend. And what a firework Sing continues to be for Universal. Right on R1’s heels, matinees should help it grab the number 2 spot for the weekend. It was obvious Thursday when Rogue 1 dropped to +3 million that it wasn’t going to do more than 6 million Friday. It’s total for the weekend is probably going to be in the 19.8m to 20.9 m range. Unfortunately UnderworldFive ultimately underperformed(4.9m). Meanwhile, it’s nice to see the Oscar contenders, HIDDEN FIGURES (8MILLION), LA LA LAND (3MILLION), and FENCES (1.4MILLION) starting to show some box office muscle after playing in limited release for so long. Imagine the box office numbers if the Oscar contenders could get into 4000+ theaters at a time like R1 and Sing.

    Reply

  20. Frederick Louis Richardson

    Kevin says:

    January 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I predict Hidden Figures will be a sleeper hit – the applause last night was tremendous, I imagine it’s going to have very strong word of mouth with a lot of demographic appeal.

    Reply

  21. Alex123 says:

    January 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Would you have said Birth of a Nation had demographic appeal? Your code words are transparent.

    Reply

  22. Frederick Louis Richardson says:

    January 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    BIRTH OF A NATION is an excellent example of “bad-word-of-mouth”.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*