Common’s N.W.A. biopic earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its debut, in accordance with studio estimates Sunday.
The story of the pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A. has soared straight to the top of the box office charts, but a costume blooper is the talk of the film in Chicago.
This week’s release of “Straight Outta Compton” surprised analysts by making $60.2 million, pushing Universal’s U.S. figures past the $2 billion mark in North America, a feat that was previously reached by Warner Bros.in December 2009.
Straight Outta Compton stars O’shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., and Paul Giamatti.
Trailing in third place was another debut ‘The Man from UNC.L.E.’ an action-adventure based on the hit 1960s television series about a Central Intelligence Agency agent.
“Straight Outta Compton” has been highly anticipated for months, perhaps even since its announcement.
Some movie theaters have stepped up additional security screening after 59-year-old John Russell Houser, a white man, shot several at a movie theater in Louisiana at a screening of the Amy Schumer film Trainwreck.
There have been over 5.4 million downloads to date and it trended No1 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for two days in a row.
Fox s “Fantastic Four” dropped steeply in its second weekend, falling nearly 70% from its debut and mustering a paltry $8 million. It grossed more than $600 million in domestic box office and brought in a total global box office of $1.6 billion. Universal had previously predicted a conservative US$25 to US$30 million opening.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton cost Universal a paltry $29 million to produce, so the numbers it has now indicates that the film would clean up with quite a large profit margin by the end of summer.