Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Ends ‘Rogue One’ Dominance
Female audiences came out in force to help defeat Star Wars at the box office this weekend, as Hidden Figures triumphed over Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The biographical drama from Theodore Melfi earned $22.8 million to end Rogue One’s three-week run in the No. 1 spot. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, Hidden Figures tells the little-known true story of the African-American mathematicians who worked with NASA during the Space Race of the 1960s. According to The Hollywood Reporter, female audiences made up 64 percent of the audience, with 56 percent of ticket buyers above the age of 35.
Impressively, the film held its numbers incredibly well in its wide release, considering it earned $24.7 million since opening in limited release on Christmas Day. This, on a budget of $25 million.
Of course, Rogue One isn’t exactly slowing down. At $477.3 million domestically, the movie has a real shot at crossing the $500 million milestone by this time next week. With a global gross of $914.4 million so far, it could reach $1 billion worldwide by the end of January.
The No. 3 spot belonged to Sing, earning $20.7 million to bring its domestic gross to $213.4 million. This was more than enough to keep ahead of the weekend’s biggest newcomer.
Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth entry in the vampire series, landed at No. 4 with a disappointing $13.7 million. Against a budget of $35 million, this is a pretty lousy start in North America. However, the movie has earned a healthier profit overseas, earning $45 million so far, with more international markets yet to open. So this isn’t looking like a bomb, at the moment.
Golden Globe champion La La Land rounded out the Top 5 with $10 million, to bring its domestic total to $51.7 million and a worldwide gross of $86 million so far.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office? Check out the full list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 01/03/2016
1. Hidden Figures ($22.8 million)
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($22.1 million)
3. Sing ($20.7 million)
4. Underworld: Blood Wars ($13.7 million)
5. La La Land ($10.1 million)
6. Passengers ($8.8 million)
7. Why Him? ($6.9 million)
8. Moana ($6.4 million)
9. Fences ($4.8 million)
10. Assassin’s Creed ($4.2 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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