‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Patriots Day’ fight for box office top spot
The films, both based on true stories about key moments in American social history, have both received strong reviews from critics.
“Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of a team of African-American women who provided NASA with the mathematical data needed to launch their first successful space missions, topped the box office last weekend with a take of $22.8 million and is, according to Variety, set to add another $20 million to that figure this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Its strongest competition, “Patriot’s Day,” an account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, stars an ensemble cast lead by Mark Wahlberg and is expected to take around $18 million.
There’s not such good news for the other major releases this weekend. Ben Affleck’s latest directorial outing, “Live By Night” is expected to only bring in around $10 million domestically when it opens this weekend. The film reportedly cost $65 million to make.
Another release expected to tank on its debut is action-comedy “Monster Trucks” with a meager box office take of between $8 million and $10 million. The studio behind it, Paramount Pictures, have already resigned themselves to the family film bombing and, months before it even hit theaters, revealed they were taking a $115 million write-down on it.
The weekend’s other notable openings are the teen-horror pic “The Bye Bye Man,” expected to open in the region of $8 million, and the Jamie Foxx action-thriller “Speechless” which is looking to take around $10 million on its debut.