‘Hidden Figures’ Beats ‘La La Land’ for Top Spot at Weekend Box Office
Hidden Figures has landed in first at the North American box office for a second week in a row, beating out La La Land.
The movie, which stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae as the three African-American women who worked behind the scenes to help NASA make John Glenn the first American astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962, brought in $20.4 million this week – bring the film’s total gross to more than double the films production budget of $25 million.
Coming in second was FanBolt’s 2016 pick for film of the year, La La Land which opened in an additional 333 theaters (including a special IMAX run) and brought in a total of $14.5 million, bringing the musical’s gross to $74 million in its sixth week.
Sing falls into third place with $13.8 million, Rogue One: A Star Wars story lands in fourth, and the newly released supernatural thriller The Bye Bye Man opened in fifth bringing in $13.3 million ($7.4 million production budget).
Two additional new releases also flopped over the weekend, Monster Trucks opened in seventh with $10.5 million followed by Sleepless which opened in eight with $8.4 million. Last film of note for the weekend, Martin Scorsese’s Silence went into wide release in its fourth week of release, and while we don’t have a production budget for the film, the film has only grossed $3 million to date, currently sitting at 16th on the box office charts for the weekend in 747 theaters around the country.
This coming week, look for the following films to hit theaters: XXX: Return of Xander Cage, The Founder, Split and 20th Century Women (wide release).