‘Hidden Figures’ Rules the Box Office


“Hidden Figures” continued to rule the box office Friday, edging out competition from “La La Land” and “Patriots Day” and supernatural newcomer “The Bye Bye Man.” 

The crowd-pleasing drama about female African American mathematicians at NASA grossed $5.5 million Friday.

The underdog tale starring Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson finished narrowly ahead of the blockbuster “Rogue One” last weekend, its first in wide release, and looks poised to win again over the Martin Luther King Day Jr. holiday.

But it faces an unexpectedly strong challenge from newcomer “The Bye Bye Man,” which beat projections on Friday by taking in an estimated $5.43 million. The modestly budgeted supernatural thriller is on track to make $15 million over the holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, the feel-good musical romance “La La Land” appears to have gotten a boost from its record seven wins at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The Lionsgate release starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone grossed $4.1 million Friday at 1,848 locations, including 148 IMAX screens. That’s an improvement of 38% over last weekend.

“La La Land” is virtually tied with “Patriots Day,” which grossed an estimated $4.13 million Friday, its first weekend in wide release. Directed by Peter Berg, the Mark Wahlberg-starring drama about the Boston Marathon bombing is on track to make $15 million over the long weekend. After a three-week limited run, the CBS Films/Lionsgate release has been boosted by strong word-of-mouth and generally positive reviews.

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SOURCE: Meredith Blake 
The Los Angeles Times