As Hidden Figures Tops Box Office Again, Octavia Spencer Praises Taraji: “So Proud Of You, Sis”
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.
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Shout out and tip of the hat to my sis @tarajiphenson. She tops the box office two weeks in a row. Now before people weigh in… yes, @janellemonae and I put in work on this film, and we gladly take our bows. But, if this movie had tanked Taraji would have taken the flack because she is the lead. So, in the spirit of living the dream and advocating for my sisters, so proud of you, sis. Glad to be your wing woman. Dun dun dun… don't you know that we're able. Dun dun dun…That alone makes us major… #hiddenfigures🚀
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:
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Tomorrow I've bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures the rave Baldwin hills. If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can't afford it have them come. It's first come first served. My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I'm honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend Pass the word. Artwork by @bystellablu
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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