"Hidden Figures" Movie Tops Box Office; Katherine Johnson's MAKERS Story Soars

When "Hidden Figures" came out, MAKERS was thrilled to have one of its own MAKERS depicted in a Hollywood film that uncovered just one of the many women's stories lost in time.

MAKER Katherine Johnson, played by Taraji P. Henson in the award-winning movie, was one of the three prominent African-American women who became known as NASA's "human computers."

According to The Wrap, this real-life story of heroes Johnson (Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), is actually "beating out fictional heroes at the box office."

Among the many movies "Hidden Figures" ($162.8M) is out-earning in domestic box offices are "Star Trek Beyond" ($158.8M) and "X-Men: Apocalypse" ($155.4M), proving that no matter the name or brand behind franchise films, the actual story must be great to really drive sales.

"The largest studios may take a while to loosen their purse strings for big-budget films led by people of color and other minorities," The Huffington Post reports, "But that doesn’t mean those stories can’t be popular."

And to top that, Johnson's MAKERS story quickly soared to become one of the top-viewed MAKERS videos of the past few months. Watch it in the video player above.

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