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Straight Outta Compton box office

Stunning is the only word to describe Universal’s Straight Outta Compton’s debut of $56.1 million. the film’s themes of racial injustice, free speech and standing up to authority still resonate today. The murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Cameron Tillman, VonDerrit Myers Jr., Laquan McDonald, Carey Smith-Viramontes, Jeffrey Holden, Qusean Whitten, Miguel Benton, Dillon McGee, Levi Weaver, Karen Cifuentes, Sergio Ramos, Roshad McIntosh, and Diana Showman ( These are the black teens murdered by cops since August 9, 2014) are proof that what N.W.A was saying back in 1989 wasn’t incendiary but life on the streets. When N.W.A came out it was shocking to glimpse their reality through a cassette tape, now with the internet and smart phones their tale and biopic is just more poignant.

Costing only $29 million to produce. Straight Outta Compton is the biggest opening for a musical biopic ever. Crushing previous record-holder “Walk the Line’s” $22.3 million. Universal is having a banner year being behind hits such as Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey, Pitch Perfect 2, Furious 7, and Minions.

This weekend’s other new release, Warner Bros. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The sleek action-adventure failed miserably, bringing in $13.5 million. That’s what kids these day call a “fail” The Man From U.N.C.L.E box officeconsidering that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. cost $75 million to produce.This film has been in production Hell.

the film was optioned 1960s, and 12 to 14 different scripts over the course of 20 years were made, with writers Jim and John Thomas, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, and Scott Z. Burns. Quentin Tarantino was briefly attached following the success of Pulp Fiction, but opted to make Jackie Brown instead. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. continued its developmental stalemate with directors Matthew Vaughn and David Dobkin. Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct Scott Z. Burns’ screenplay, with production set to begin in March 2012. Executives from Warner Bros. wanted the budget to stay below $60 million, but Soderbergh wanted a higher budget and departed in November 2011. Leading us to Guy Ritchie signing on in March 2013.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation Had a solid second  weekend earning a decent 17 million, word of mouth certainly helped attracting viewers that were sceptical to come out opening weekend.

Fantastic Four, perhaps one of the biggest comic book flops of all time,  plummeted to $8 million to take the fourth place spot, while “The Gift” took fifth with $6.5 million

 

1. Straight Outta Compton $56.1 million

2. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation $17 million

3. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $13.5 million

4. Fantastic Four $8 million

5. The Gift $6.5 million

6. Ant-Man $5.5  million

7. Vacation $5.3 million

8. Minions $5.2 million

9. Ricki and the Flash $4.6 million

10. Trainwreck $3.8 million

 

 

 

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