Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Is No. 1 Again, Could Oscar Be Next?
For the second consecutive weekend, Hidden Figures ruled at the box office, taking the No. 1 spot with roughly $21 million.
The preliminary haul for the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend has the biopic, about the three African-American women who were instrumental to the Project Mercury program in 1962, besting out awards contender La La Land, animated hit Sing, Star Wars blockbuster Rogue One, and horror newcomer The Bye Bye Man. Coupled with support from the Producers Guild, Actors Guild, and the Writers Guild, some are speculating that an Oscar nomination for Best Picture could be next. If nothing else, it’s anchored by Oscar winners such as Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, along with Janelle Monae in an exceptionally likable role, and likely Oscar nominee Mahershala Ali, who plays a vastly different role here than he does in awards contender Moonlight. It also helps that the film was released right as Oscar ballots were going out, meaning the film has high visibility at a crucial moment.
If nothing else, the movie appears to have some solid legs at the box office, comfortably winning the week over two musicals: No. 2 finisher La La Land, which earned $14.5 million; and No. 3 finisher Sing, which earned $13.8 million. Meanwhile, newcomer The Bye Bye Man delivered $13.5 million in its opening weekend, which might seem like an underwhelming number until you consider that the movie cost just $7.4 million to make. So the horror flick has already doubled its budget in a single week.
Rounding out the Top 5 is the Star Wars blockbuster Rogue One, which earned $13.4 million to come in fifth place after one full month in release. This was enough to keep ahead of two newcomers in the form of Monster Trucks and Sleepless, which earned $11 million and $8.3 million, respectively. The final figures for the MLK Day weekend will be in on Tuesday, but until then, it’s looking like a pretty lackadaisical week at the box office, for the most part. At least, compared to the insane highs of the holiday season.
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 ($21 million)
2. La La Land ($14.5 million)
3. Sing ($13.8 million)
4. The Bye Bye Man ($13.5 million)
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($13.4 million)
6. Patriots Day ($12 million)
7. Monster Trucks ($11 million)
8. Sleepless ($8.3 million)
9. Underworld: Blood Wars ($6.1 million)
10. Passengers ($5.4 million)
Via: Box Office Mojo
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