NWA Goes ‘Straight’ to the Top Spot

The film is named after the 1988 debut album from the group that gave birth to the gangsta rap genre and also launched the prolific careers of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.


It’s debut nearly doubles “Straight Outta Compton’s” budget of $US29 million ($NZ44 million) in a single weekend, meaning the film could be among the most profitable releases of the summer.

Straight Outta Compton stars O’shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., and Paul Giamatti.

Still looking good and coming in at umber 2 in the U.S. and Canada, Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” added $17 million in its third weekend.

“Field Workplace Mojo lists 35 films about rap/hip-hop, and “Straight Outta Compton” simply outgrossed all however seven of them on its opening day alone”, Mendelson wrote for Forbes.

CNN ran a segment on Monday reporting that there wasn’t violence at movie theaters during the opening weekend of the hip-hop oriented film Straight Outta Compton.

The box office uptick did not carry over to Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The film was expected to debut with only $25 million.

While the studio predicted a weekend box office of .1 million on Sunday morning, on Monday it revised that number to a whopping $60.2 million.

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The carrier got a boost after unveiling its iPhone Forever promotion, in which customers can receive the most current Apple (AAPL) 16GB iPhone 6 for $22 per month and then upgrade to the next model once it becomes available.


For its last week before its opening, “Compton” spent $4.4 million in national TV advertising from 992 national airings of the commercial. That’s an abysmal $42.1 million in 10 days (abysmal for a $120 million superhero film).

Jaimie Trueblood