Films fans in the U.S. propelled the Nasa drama Hidden Figures past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the box office.
Both its stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are firm favourites in China, with the movie having the extra marketing push of having been produced by Dalian Wanda Group, the hugely influential Chinese media conglomerate. Over the weekend, it was only on the second place.
Directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae, the movie was most popular with women (64 per cent of the audience) and people older than 35 (about 56 per cent).
Hidden Figures, the story African-American women working at NASA during the Space Race, received word Monday morning that surging attendance Sunday would give the film the weekend crown. Well, it's official, "Hidden Figures" walked away with the win earning $22.8 million, while "Rogue One" earned $22.1 million.
The movie pulled in $22 million over the weekend, according to box office monitor Exhibitor Relations, bringing its four-week total to $477.4 million. On Sunday morning, the movie was said to have its fourth successful week with $21.7 million. Spencer was also nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress but lost to Viola Davis of "Fences".
To be sure, the new film still hasn't opened in some global markets and overseas theaters tend to pay less than U.S. theaters to show films, so it's not necessarily bad to have higher receipts in the U.S., Wible notes. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 93% approval, while audiences gave an A-plus score. Glenn didn't live to see the success of the film - he died on December 8, 2016.