A new film telling the story of the African-American women who were instrumental in early NASA missions opened with a surprising outcome last weekend. In a surprising move, new release “Hidden Figures” beat out fan favorite, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” by nearly $1 million.
“Hidden Figures” received an audience score on Rotten Tomatoes of 94 percent. It tells the previously untold story of three female scientists who worked behind the scenes at NASA to launch the first astronaut into orbit. Arguably, this is the event that won the space race for the United States and inspired the country. Despite this, African-American women at this time were largely unrecognized in the scientific fields, regardless of their achievements. For decades, the impressive work of these women has gone unrecognized. For the first time, “Hidden Figures” gives audiences a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work required to make the space program everything that it became.
Early Sunday, weekend estimates had “Rogue One” continuing its reign at the top of the box office. Indeed, “Rogue One” performed admirably, grossing over $20 million for the fourth week running. Hidden Figures nudged it out of first place Sunday, however, possibly due to a significant weather pattern that brought snow across the country. Word of mouth has also contributed to a fast spread of love for the two-hour movie.
This was only the first weekend of shows for “Hidden Figures,” but it looks to be an early fan favorite. With relatable women played by phenomenal actresses, the move tells a larger-than-life story that even more inspiring today.