Hidden Figures rockets to the top of the box office beating Fifty Shades Darker

Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi and distributed by Fox, has scored the number one position at the weekend box office collecting $3.2m.

Fifty Shades Darker earned $3.07m, falling short of the top position by less than $200,000 while the cult-classic sequel T2: Trainspotting, distributed by Sony, failed to make it into the top five with a weekend debut of only $370,000.

Hidden Figures is based on the real-life struggle of African-American female mathematicians during American space race to do their job for NASA amidst sexism and racism from their colleagues. One of the women, Katherine G. Johnson, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for her work with NASA during the period.

Universal’s The Great Wall came in a third place with a weekend box office debut of $2.9m. The film features Matt Damon alongside prominent Chinese director Zhang Yimou who directed the Beijing 2008 opening and closing ceremony.

The Great Wall tells the tale of European mercenaries who become involved in a centuries long conflict between Chinese forces and monsters.

Lion, distributed by Transmission, maintained its position in the top four with a total of $1.8m to hit a total box office of $22.7m.

The top five was rounded out by the psycho-thriller Split, distributed by Universal, which earned just below $1 million at the box office for a total of $11.1m since its release.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Hidden Figures (Fox) $3,254,452 322 $4,839,262
Fifty Shades Darker (Universal) $3,070,594 472 $13,699,753
The Great Wall (Universal) $2,960,324 370 $3,111,607
Lion (Transmission) $1,889,705 289 $22,712,014
Split (Universal) $972,645 223 $11,164,163
T2: Trainspotting (Sony) $370,082 197 $370,116
La La Land (Eone) $305,939 221 $18,510,920
Patriots Day (Roadshow) $246,050 207 $2,920,362
Manchester By The Sea (Universal) $223,545 57 $1,704,892
Moana (Disney) $178,830 147 $25,710,402
Silence (Transmission) $167,304 70 $172,311
Sing (Universal) $142,160 138 $28,622,681
Ballerina (Studiocanal) $140,767 134 $4,579,776
Fences (Paramount) $137,168 62 $667,871
Xxx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage (Paramount) $123,478 98 $7,404,595
Monster Trucks (Paramount) $89,557 114 $5,055,188
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Sony) $89,152 78 $3,016,428
Perfect Strangers (Palace) $86,121 28 $1,074,635
Moonlight (Roadshow) $78,053 34 $876,436
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Disney) $75,596 48 $51,047,503

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