‘Straight Outta Compton’ Final Box Office Soars to $60.2 Million

Straight Outta Compton
Courtesy of Universal

Straight Outta Compton” is an even bigger chart topper than initial estimates suggested.

The rap drama debuted to $60.2 million, more than the $56.1 million that Universal, the studio behind the film, reported. That number ranks as the fifth biggest August opening in history and the biggest debut for an R-rated film during the month.

“Straight Outta Compton” cost an economical $29 million to produce, so it is well on its way to being profitable. Receipts are split with distributors, and there are marketing costs to factor in, but “Straight Outta Compton” should have some of the most enviable profit margins of the summer. Its debut outstrips those of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” ($55.5 million) and “Ant-Man” ($57.2 million), both of which cost north of $125 million to produce.

“Straight Outta Compton” profiles N.W.A, the musical group credited with helping to popularize gangsta rap. The film’s depictions of racial tension and police brutality seemed to resonate with audiences still grappling with the aftermath of the deaths of young African-American men Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. It was co-produced by original members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and co-financed by Legendary Pictures.

The success of “Straight Outta Compton” overshadowed the weekend’s other major release, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” The Warner Bros.-produced update of the 1960s television show grossed $13.4 million. That’s an anemic number considering that the film cost $75 million to make.

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  1. in norway only 4 cities allowed to show the movie. only one time one not even to times for these 4 cities lol

  2. World says:

    It became about “politics” when the original poster made it about such. You should read before posting moronic toilet nonsense.. But hey, that’s probably all you know anyways :)

  3. Kesha says:

    Awesome! I really enjoyed the film from beginning to end. It’s their history, from their perspective and it was well played and written.

  4. Freddy says:

    Yay! Well deserved, it will definitely be #1 again this upcoming weekend due to weak competition.

  5. Elliot says:

    Great performance for Straight Outta Compton. Universal’s year just getting better.

  6. Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher says:

    My son and I truly enjoyed STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON at BAM’s Rose Cinema Sunday night — it was awesome — I want to see it again!

  7. straight thru the roof ticket sales! says:

    STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON & MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5 will be 1 and 2 again next weekend. All of the garbage opening next week looks weak and pathetic. Sinister 2 has the best shot of reaching double digits (+- 12 million), followed by yet another weak-ASS spy flick, Hitman 47, because UNCLE wasn’t bad enough, followed by you guessed it, another weak ASS spy flick, American Ultra(BARF). On another note why would any studio release their poor rendition of a copycat spy film on the heels of a mega-blockbuster with tons of positive word of mouth going for it? You’re just asking to be ignored by moviegoers. No one’s going to pick the spy movie with the crap trailer over a jawdropper like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5.

  8. Richard Roberts says:

    Lovers itNwa the Truth

  9. Elliot says:

    Even more impressive and awesome. I’ll definitely be #1 again this upcoming weekend.

  10. Jeff says:

    <—-Thinks Jimmy Green is an idiot js :)

  11. Blacked Out says:

    Greatest movie of the year.

  12. Jimmy Green says:
    August 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    it’s still a piece of trash with start to finish profanity and lies.

    World says:
    August 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Agree 100%

    Interesting, when truth is revealed…it’s ‘trash’ and like minded individuals ‘agree.’ So, the film showing acts of police brutality (I personally call gestapo actions), you would call…good ole USA normality…
    Glad to see others here have not responded. To them, I would like to say forgive my stooping down to this level of responding… so typical…

    Writing this, in the background, Democracy Now is on, revealed how a morning news show, cut off a performer who voiced displeasure with police brutality. So, this type behavior, say nothing is wrong, just wave the flag, is dangerously pervasive…

    • World says:

      I would respond to you with a proper response, if you didn’t sound like such a bureaucratic liberal nitwit. If the point of your comment was “police brutality” then just get to the point. I will waste no more of my time.

      • Smooth says:

        Moron how did politics get into a conversation about a movie? Wing nuts live for that one vote TWICE a year. It’s time you found a life loser, because the one you have obviously isn’t working for you.

      • Annie says:

        You response is a waste of time, since all you’ve done is spout meaningless dogma. The original poster brought up an important issue, either address it, or just say nothing.

    • Blacked Out says:

      Anything that makes $60 million in 4 days is not trash. You sound butt hurt

  13. Lex says:

    I think I’d find CB4 more entertaining. Maybe I’m wrong, but that had a NWA influence.

  14. Jimmy Green says:

    it’s still a piece of trash with start to finish profanity and lies.

    • Marilyn says:

      Not a piece a trash but a glance of reality that took place on our side of town. If you don’t know don’t comment. It is very interesting people’s opinions on issues they will never have encountered. Ice Cube / Dre awesome movie!!! To all the haters…. Suck it up!! It happened!!! It’s not portrayed as glamorous but reality.

    • Smooth says:

      It takes trash to know trash, now take your butt-hurt racist a$$ out. Racist loser

  15. Bettina says:

    Great Movie…nicely produced. Funny snd accomplished in realistically way.

  16. Teresea says:

    And with none of the violence that was predicted! I love it! Maybe the people in Hollywood will see that a film with a black cast that doesn’t involve slavery, comedy, or the “requisite white friend” can and will be successful based strictly on the merits of the film.

    • Cy says:

      I love your comment and I love the movie! I saw an advance in Australia and everybody I know is so excited for it to open (they have to wait). It’s a really powerful, politically astute film about charismatic icons many of us grew up with. I read that slightly more women than men were in the audience too. Bet they didn’t imagine that would happen. ;)

    • World says:

      Or Hollywood will produce a ton of movies portraying blacks as “gang bangerz “

    • Isn’t Paul Giamatti their requisite white friend?

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