Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Sizzles With $51.6 Million Opening
Straight Outta Compton exceeded all expectations and opened with $51.6 million at the U.S. Box Office over the weekend.
The film really resonated in this post-Ferguson world of ours. Racial tension, poverty and police brutality is as real today as it was in the late ’80s when the film takes place.
The biopic about rap group N.W.A. set a record for the biggest August opening ever for an R-rated movie.
Its debut nearly doubles “Straight Outta Compton’s” budget of $29 million in a single weekend, meaning the film could be among the most profitable releases of the summer. N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre helped produce the film about the early days of gansta rap and were integral to its marketing campaign.
Universal, the studio behind the music biopic, has been having a year for the ages, as a steady stream of hits such as “Jurassic World,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Furious 7” and “Minions” have pushed its grosses to record heights. Legendary Pictures co-financed “Straight Outta Compton.”