The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is already a smashing success at the box office.
The final numbers are in and Straight Outta Compton exceeded all expectations by pulling in $60.2 million in it’s opening weekend to finish number one.
The F. Gary Gray-directed movie stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Aldis Hodge (MC Ren) and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella).
It details N.W.A.’s rise to fame out of the streets of Compton, California.
“‘Straight Outta Compton’ has become a total cross-over kind of movie that’s captured the zeitgeist with a real groundswell of people wanting to see it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak.
“There’s been growing anticipation for it all summer.
Now that it’s out, the story is really resonating among moviegoers.”
Ice Cube and Dr. Dre serve as executive producers.
According to Variety, that is the fifth biggest August opening in history and the biggest debut for an R-rated film during the month.
The N.W.A. biopic only cost $29 million to make. With great reviews and word of mouth the momentum should keep going for weeks to come.
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