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Hidden Figures and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in photo finish for US top spot

Hidden Figures

Story by Jack Foley

HISTORICAL drama Hidden Figures and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are in a photo finish for the top spot at the US box office.

The figures varied depending on which studio you believed, with Fox putting Hidden Figures haul at an estimated $21.8 million and Disney setting Rogue One‘s at $22 million.

But the official outcome won’t be settled until Monday morning, especially since most rival studios show Hidden Figures emerging as the narrow winner.

Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as the real-life African-American mathematicians who helped NASA put the first men into space even while having to endure a segregated workplace.

Rogue One is Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spin-off, which charts how a rebel group came to steal plans for the Death Star. Overseas, it continued to be the big winner, with a further $56.6 million, including a China bow of $31 million, for a foreign total of $437.1 million. Globally, the film has now taken $914.4 million.

Elsewhere in the US, animated title Sing came in a close third with $19.6 million to comfortably pass the $200 million mark in the US. The film, which features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Taron Egerton and Reese Witherspoon, follows a koala bear’s attempts to save his theatre by putting on a singing competition.

New release Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth instalment in the Kate Beckinsale-starring vampire hunter series, had to settle for fourth spot with an underwhelming $13.1 million. However, the film – which cost an estimated $35 million to make – did fare better overseas, where it has earned $45 million.

Rounding out the top five in the US was awards favourite and critical darling La La Land, which is up for seven Golden Globe awards this weekend (the most of any film).

Expanding into even more cinemas in the US, the musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has now earned $10 million for a strong US total of $51.7 million.

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