This weekend has had a surprising result for the US box office, albeit an appropriate one. The weekend was the Martin Luther King holiday across the pond and Hidden Figures has a lead over all of it's competitors.
It may come as a surprise to most people that the highest grossing US box office film this weekend wasn't the immensely hyped (for good reason) La La Land which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone or the Martin Scorcese film Silence with it's own impressive cast of Andrew Garfield, Adam Drive and Liam Neeson. Instead, it's the understated Hidden Figures which has come out on top.
Hidden Figures has been at the top for two weekends, taking in a cool $20.4m (£16.5m) which isn't bad for a movie that not touted as a blockbuster or awards sweeper. Coming behind, with considerable distance, in second place is La La Land with $14.5m (£11.7m) so you can see just how big the gap is here for Hidden Figures. After that we go to the musical animation Sing which stays in 3rd place with $13.8m (£11.15m) to it's name, but that does bring it a very fine total of $233m (£188.3m) in the US altogether. Rogue One has managed to stay in the Top 5 for another week, bringing in $13.7m (£11m) placing it ever so slightly behind Sing. Coming in to round up this weekend box office is the horror film The Bye Bye Man which rounds off nicely with $13.3m (£10.8m).
The notion of Hidden Figures topping during MLK Weekend is appropriate as it documents the struggles of NASA mathematicians fighting the prejudice of being both women and African-American; something that rings true with the sentiments and implications of MLK Weekend. It shows us that just because you have an incredible A-List couple dancing and singing or a hard-hitting drama from a renowned director, you're not guaranteed to win the box office over a movie that rings true to the cinema-going audience.