Straight Outta Compton goes straight to top of box office with $56.1M debut

1. Straight Outta Compton – $56.1 million [debut week] The rap biopic lit up the box office to earn the 10th highest opening of the year. Not bad for a group who’s heyday was in 1991.

With an “A” CinemaScore that falls in line with critics’ admiration (“Compton” is currently at 88% on RottenTomatoes.com), look for this to continue to be a major player in the coming weeks.

As far as music biopics go, “Compton” is in a class by itself as its debut weekend blows away the competition. The next best was “Walk the Line,” which debuted in 2005 to $22.3 million en route to a $119 million total gross.

Film Title: Straight Outta ComptonDespite the not at all subtle racial overtones from theaters providing extra security for the film simply because it featured black hip hop stars, audiences were not deterred. Perhaps theater chains should make that the norm for all movies including romantic comedies there wouldn’t be any more tragedies like “Trainwreck,” where a shooter killed three people.

But maybe John Russell Houser was a closet N.W.A. fan? Just a reminder, the only thing that needs to get killed quickly in 2015 is racism from everyone.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $17.3 million [3rd week; $138.4 million] – Tom Cruise’s fifth take suiting up as Ethan Hunt just passed “Mission: Impossible III‘s” $134 total gross, but it may struggle to catch the $180 million of the first film.

It’s a safe bet the film won’t come close to the $694 million worldwide total of the series’ highest earner “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

The Man From UNCLE - undercover3. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – $13.5 million [debut week] Audiences weren’t in much of a mood for 60s retro. Despite the appealing cast including Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki, the big screen adaptation of the 60s show failed to generate much interest.

4. Fantastic Four – $8 million [2nd week; $41.9 million] A week after its awful debut that’s been filled with incredible stories of rumored near fights between director Josh Trank and star Miles Teller, studio interference, studio intervention and desperate pleas including a petition to get the license back to Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox is having one terrible week. Fox execs no doubt are hoping another bomb arrives in theaters ASAP.

5. The Gift – $6 million [2nd week; $23.5 million] Steady word-of-mouth and an intriguing premise kept the thriller, which has already made back its $5 million budget, in the Top 5.

  • fred

    You’re right about that my friend, the last time I checked black folks are not the ones shooting up theaters and killing innocent people. People need to wake up in a hurry and get off this kick of black people shooting up theaters when predominantly black films open up, it’s absolutely racist and ignorant beyond belief. Anyway congrats to “Straight Outta Compton’s” fantastic opening, it deserves every penny it’s making and more, a superb film to say the least.

  • It’s so insulting and ridiculous. Absolutely no place for it and it’s just absurd to think oh a black film, there’ll definitely be someone getting shot here. Ugh.

  • fred

    Yeah man people sometimes lol. I haven’t head about any incidents to the best of my knowledge, so hopefully it stays that way so these fools can’t turn around and say see I told you they would be shooting.

  • keith

    yeah im happy nothing pop up. Black folks, even the shooters go to the movies to escape the harsh reality we sometimes and in general face. I guess since i went on Sunday evening, i didnt get wanded down, but i think they had enough police just around. Do it for every movie opening on fridays or saturdays not just NWA, and not just black movie openings. Too be honest they always had more “security” around during Tyler Perry movies now that i think of it.

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