There is a new champion at the box office, and it’s not Underworld: Blood Wars, but instead a film that no one really expected to take the top spot last weekend: Hidden Figures.
Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae about three African-American women trying to be treated equally as mathematicians during Apollo-era NASA.
Although it finished second to the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One in early weekend estimates, final numbers on Monday showed Twentieth Century Fox underestimated Hidden Figures‘ weekend by a little more than $1 million. Rogue One, on the other hand, was off by less than $100,000 – and that was enough to get the two films to swap places.
Hidden Figures earned $22.8 million in the end, according to The Numbers, while Rogue One finished in second $22.1 million. That ends the Star Wars’ film run at No. 1 at just three weeks – one week shorter than its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film with Oscar potential written all over it had just moved into wide release after two weeks of limited screenings. After 15 days, however, Hidden Figures has earned $25.8 million. Rogue One, on the other hand, is at $477.7 million after 24 days, and is still poised to become the biggest movie of 2016.
Sing held its slot at No. 3 with $20.7 million, while the premiere of Blood Wars earned $13.7 million for Sony Pictures, good for fourth place. La La Land, the big winner at the Golden Globes over the weekend, finished in fifth with $10.1 million.
Patriots Day – starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon and John Goodman – had the best per-screen average for the weekend with just under $15,000 per theater. Hidden Figures, by comparison, had a little more than $9,200 per screen.
The top five films earned $89.4 million, down 24 percent from a year ago.
Six wide releases debut next weekend, although three of them – also potential Oscar contenders – are expanding from limited release. They include the thriller The Bye Bye Man, Paramount’s live-action/hybrid animated film Monster Trucks and Jamie Foxx’s Sleepless.
Expanding to wide release are Ben Affleck’s Live By Night, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and Patriots Day.
Who will be No. 1? After this week’s dramatics, it literally could be anyone.
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