Straight Outta Compton lived up to the hype critically and commercially. The N.W.A biopic pulled in $56.1M at the box office this past weekend, easily winning the top spot and beating expectations in the process.
Even with theaters’ heightened security and the controversy regarding the film’s dismissal of Dr. Dre’s well-documented treatment of women, F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton owned its competition this weekend, nabbing $56.1 million. Music biopics tend to falter critically and commercially (Walk the Line notwithstanding), and the film’s biggest name, Paul Giamatti, is just a supporting player, so Compton’s massive success is impressive, especially considering its competition included Cruise and two different superhero movies.
Straight Outta Compton topped Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., $17.3 million and $13.5 million, respectively.
Now that a story about a Hip-Hop group is proven to be viable commercially, who is worthy of the film treatment next? Wu-Tang Clan? Public Enemy? Tupac Shakur?
Let us know who you think in the comments.