Rogue One: A Star Wars Story completely stole our hearts last month. We love the movie, and are happy it’s been topping the box office in the weeks since its premiere — however, that’s not the case any more. This weekend, Hidden Figures beat Rogue One at the box office, and we’re actually okay with that.
Apparently, 64% of the audience for Hidden Figures is female. That’s no surprise. However, everyone should see the film and be aware of the historical impact of its central characters. Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), and her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monae) were essential to the early days of the American space program.
This is really a win-win for women and people of color in films. First, Rogue One with its diverse core cast dominated the box office. Now, a film starring three incredible black actresses that illuminates an important part of American history has edged it out of the top spot. Ultimately, diversity has killed it at the box office lately, and we’re all about it.