Hidden Figures: Box-Office Hit

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Hidden Figures dominated the domestic box office, topping charts for the second straight weekend after earning $26 million.

The film’s message of empowerment and triumph over prejudice was amplified by the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

 “This continues to be a movie for everyone,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution. “It’s not just entertaining. It’s life affirming. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and that’s so important in these times.”

Hidden Figures is a latecomer to the awards season race, but the film, which stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer as African-American scientists and mathematicians in the early days of the space program, ranks as one of the most successful dramas of 2016. So far, it has earned $60.4 million.

That commercial success translated into Oscar attention when Academy Award nominations were announced and the film received 3 nominations, including Best Picture.