The movie, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, has ruled the box office for two weeks.
Hidden Figures was competing with Star Wars, La La Land, Ben Affleck’s Live by Night and Martin Scorsese’s Silence .
The film tells the true story of black female mathematicians Katherine Johnson (portrayed by Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Moáne) who were the brains behind the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa) space missions in the ’60s.
In an interview with Essence, Henson said she was confident about her role and excited to star in this powerful film. “I’m a trained actress. I can give you anything you want, baby. Just because I talk like I’m that girl from the ‘hood does not mean I cannot give you Shakespeare in the Park or Chekhov. I studied the craft,” she said.
Speaking about the movie, which has received raving reviews, Senior Media analyst at box office Paul Dergarabedian, said Hidden figures was one of the movies that everybody should watch and really endorse.
“This story has really captured the zeitgeist,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at box office tracking firm comScore.