Compton natives Gracie Alvarez (left) and her sister Arcy Alvarez wait in line for an advanced screening of “Straight Outta Compton” in Downey, California August 13, 2015.
During its opening weekend, the highly anticipated N.W.A biopic debuted at number one at the box office with a whopping $56.1 million in ticket sales in 2,757 theaters.
The film earned million on opening weekend, a record for an R-rated film. “Not only did it over perform in terms of box office, but it also received high marks from critics and created a conversation”, boosted by its savvy use of social media (including a viral #StraightOutta meme). The music legend also confirmed last week that royalties from the album will go to a new performing arts facility for kids in Compton.
This led to a blazing summer for the studio, which saw wide-ranging hits from films for the whole family with “Minions” to the biggest film of 2015 so far: “Jurassic World“. “However, you have to have the movies to back it up, and this year they’ve had the goods”. “It’s proof that a film can be a hit at any time of the year”.
In sixth place was Marvel action flick Ant-Man with $5.5 million in its fifth week. Its five films released since May 1 have grossed more than $1.3 billion in domestic box office.
Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Hollywood “It” girl Alicia Vikander, U.N.C.L.E.received decent reviews from critics (67% on Rotten Tomatoes) and solid audience reception (81% approval).
The Tom Cruise action-thriller, the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise, has earned a total of US$138.3 million after three weeks in theaters.