But along comes “Straight Outta Compton” and suddenly the box office picture is looking to be all good again.
Universal, the company behind Straight Outta Compton, said they had “not solicited enhanced security for theaters” showing the film last weekend. The film was expected to debut with only $25 million.
Forbes’ Scott Mendelson wrote, though, that “Straight Outta Compton’s” success did not catch him off guard like others.
N.W.A members included Ice Cube and Dr Dre, shocking the world in 1988 with their debut album Straight Outta Compton which dealt with a brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles.
“Compton” was co-financed by Legendary Entertainment in Burbank and distributed by Universal Pictures of Universal City, which is having a bang-up summer with its film slate. “By the top of in the present day, it’s going to have outgrossed the whole lot on stated record save for ‘eight Mile, ‘ which opened with $51 million again in 2002 on its option to a $116 million cume”. It has spent $31.3 million over its entire pre-launch.
Fox’s “Fantastic Four” plummeted to $8 million to take the fourth place spot, while “The Gift” took fifth with $6.5 million.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a pair of American and Russian agents in the fashionable Cold War-era film.
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.
The NWA biopic, produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube, was expected to make around half that figure, having cost $29m (£18.5m) to make.
The spy thriller starring Tom Cruise has made almost $140 million at the U.S. box office since it was released three weeks ago.