Since the Star Wars franchise began, the George Lucas films have been a force to be reckoned with for 40 years. Today, the phenomenon that is Star Wars has had it’s latest installment dethroned by biographical film Hidden Figures.

The Theodore Melfi picture took the number one spot on the U.S. box office after opening with $22.8 million (£18.7m).

Yes, the very film that was at the centre of news correspondent Jenna Bush’s ‘Hidden Fences’ blunder. Mistakenly, the NBC correspondent merged films, Fences and Hidden Figures whilst interviewing Pharrell Williams on the Golden Globes red carpet

The film tells the true story of three pioneering black female mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson working at NASA’s then-segregated Langley Research Center in Virginia.

 

                         Hidden FiguresDorothy Vaughn, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson

 

                       Katherine Johnson receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama

 

Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, the ladies portray the ground breaking work done by Katherine Johnson and her colleagues which led to their mathematical data used to launch the program’s first successful earth orbit.

 

 

Hidden Figures is set for release in the U.K.  February 17 2017, although no news on a U.K. premiere yet…

 

Check out the trailer:

 

 

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