Weekend Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ All But Tie For No. 1 With $22M Each

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Empowered women and outer space dominated the North American box office over the weekend as Theodore Melfi’s biographical drama Hidden Figures and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended in a photo finish for the No. 1 spot.

 

Fox showed Hidden Figures grossing an estimated $21.8 million from 2,471 theaters, while Disney just edged that number and put Rogue One’‘s haul at $22 million from 4,157 locations. The official outcome won’t be settled until Monday morning. Most rival studios show Hidden Figures narrowly beating Rogue One, which has stayed at No. 1 since its Dec. 16 blast off.

Nabbing a coveted A+ CinemaScore, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as the real-life African-American mathematicians who helped NASA put the first men into space even while having to endure a segregated workplace. Their story, however, had been obscured for decades.

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Hidden Figures played to a diverse audience; 43 percent of ticket buyers were Caucasian and 37 percent African-American. The pic overindexed in every part of the country save for the Rocky Mountain states. Like other movies over the weekend, Hidden Figures was impacted by a major winter storm in the Deep South and Northeast, but box-office observers don’t believe the damage was too great even with some theater closures on Friday and Saturday. Females made up 64 percent of Hidden Figures‘ audience, while 56 percent of all ticket buyers were 35 or older.

 

“It is a film for everyone regardless of age, gender or race, and effectively illustrates the power of the human mind and spirit,” said Fox domestic distribution president Chris Aronson. “In these challenging times, its life-affirming message comes along at a perfect time.”

 

From Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment, Hidden Figures first opened in select theaters on Christmas Day and has earned a total of $24.7 million to date against a $25 million budget. It opted to expand nationwide on the eve of Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, where Spencer is nominated for best supporting actress.

 

Weekend Box Office 1/8/17

Comscore Estimates for Weekend of 1/8/17

Weekend Cume Theaters Week
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $21.97M $477.3M 4,157 4
2. Hidden Figures $21.8M $24.8M 2,471 3
3. Sing (2016) $19.6M $213.4M 3,955 3
4. Underworld: Blood Wars $13.1M $13.1M 3,070 1
5. La La Land $10M $51.7M 1,515 5
6. Passengers $8.8M $80.9M 3,400 3
7. Why Him? $6.5M $48.6M 2,904 3
8. Moana $6.4M $225.4M 2,549 7
9. Fences $4.7M $40.7M 2,368 4
10. Assassin’s Creed $3.8M $49.5M 2,642 3

 

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