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'Hidden Figures' is a hit, nearly tying 'Rogue One' for No. 1 box-office spot

'Hidden Figures' is a hit, nearly tying 'Rogue One' for No. 1 box-office spot

The new movie “Hidden Figures” tells the uplifting true story of a trio of women who defied expectations as they helped the U.S. space program.

Now the tale is also beating the odds at the box office. 

The Oscar hopeful surpassed industry projections in its wide-release debut this weekend, collecting $21.8 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. If Sunday estimates hold, “Hidden Figures” will nab a very close second-place finish behind “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the domestic box office this weekend, beating fellow newcomer “Underworld: Blood Wars.”

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