The national release of HIDDEN FIGURES on January 6 opened in 2,471 theaters, compared to 4,157 theaters for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Early Sunday figures reported that Rogue One was going to be the number one movie for the weekend, but, Janelle Monáe, one of the stars of HIDDEN FIGURES, said “The force was with us!” Snow on the east coast kept some people home Friday and Saturday, but once the snow starting melting people packed the theaters on Sunday, pushing HIDDEN FIGURES into the top spot.
According to published reports on Monday, January 9, 20th Century Fox, the studio distributing the film, reported that HIDDEN FIGURES brought in $22.8 million, landing ahead of the $22 million mark hit by Rogue One.
“The success of films like HIDDEN FIGURES demonstrates the public’s desire for and support of inspiring, positive messages on the big screen,” this according to Black Radio Solidarity Day founder Sheryl Underwood (host of Sheryl Underwood Radio, co-host of THE TALK on CBS, entertainer and philanthropist). “We are thrilled at the success of this movie and the impact that it has had on us all. It is an outstanding production, from start to finish.” The three real woman portrayed in the movie, Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spenser) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), were all brilliant African-American women and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Each was a trailblazer and role model for others to follow. “As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, it was an honor to help make HIDDEN FIGURES the #1 movie.”
She adds, “Black Radio was able to utilize our collective voice to help spread the word and fill theaters. This was a unified effort, so congratulations to everyone who posted, tweeted, called friends or drove people to theaters. The ground-swell of grassroots support helped push this film over the top in attendance.
This film has inspired millions of people across the country, especially young girls who are now considering futures in science, technology, engineering and math. Not to mention the fact that this film, which featured three strong, intelligent African American women as the main characters and main actors, has broken down the confining thought that African American women can not lead successful films domestically and internationally.
Black Radio Solidarity thanks EVERYONE who packed the theaters for this inspiring movie. Thank you to all of the individuals, groups, sororities and fraternities who went alone or in a groups; who went with friends or took children of all ages to be empowered by this page from American History.
Underwood concludes, “This was an opportunity for people all over the world to see Americans coming together to use scholarship for the service of this great nation. Sisterhood Rocks!”
About Sheryl Underwood Radio
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Sheryl Underwood Radio airs on 77 radio affiliates with a daily reach of 6.7 million listeners.