We told you last week that despite a snow storm that closed some movie theaters in the South and Northeast and the whole “Hidden Fences” gaffe, Hidden Figures debuted at the top spot at the box office, knocking Rogue One: A Star Wars Story out of its spot. Coming out of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, ended up being the No. 1 film at the box office for the second week in a row. According to The Los Angeles Times, the film earned $26 million over the holiday weekend and has earned more than $60 million in total.
Obviously, there is so much to celebrate when it comes to the success of this female-led film, but one of its stars, Octavia Spencer, is celebrating the film’s lead, Taraji P. Henson. In a note she posted on Instagram, she stated that had the film done done badly, Henson would have been blamed for it, but since it has done well, she should be applauded for carrying it to the top.
Henson is featured front and center, not only in the movie as a whole but even on the promotional poster, but for the record, all three women give pretty stellar performances. Still, who can’t respect and appreciate the sisterly love Spencer is showing her co-star? And Spencer also deserves to be applauded for buying all of the tickets for a showing of Hidden Figures at a cinema in Baldwin Hills, Calif. recently. She welcomed single mothers and their children to check out the show in honor of her own mother:
She’s not alone in such a grand gesture. Someone also paid for tickets to a screening in Edwardsville, Ill. over the weekend so that people could check out the film:
It’s wonderful to see people going out of their way to not only support a great film, but to make sure that as as many people as possible can learn of the stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Hidden no more!
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