The Universal Studios production “Straight Outta Compton” has managed to hit a really good opening weekend, and it’s more than what was initially suggested. Universal first reported that the film earned $56.1 million, but in reality, the drama about rap group N.W.A snagged $60.2 million.
$60.2 million makes “Straight Outta Compton” the fifth biggest August opening in history and also it has become the biggest debut for a movie with the “R” rating during the month of August. The movie only cost $29 million to produce, which means that the movie is already seeing good profits, and those profits are likely to continue to grow as the movie expands release and hits more theaters. “Straight Outta Compton” was on a limited release because it was not known just how well this type of movie would do, but now more movie theaters are hosting the film because the desire to see the movie has risen drastically since the release date. Given this information, “Straight Outta Compton” should be seeing some of the biggest profit margins of the summer. Even “Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation” could not beat out “Straight Outta Compton” and only saw about $55.5 million in earnings, but it cost more than $125 million to produce, which means it will be a while before the movie sees any profits. “Ant Man” is also another movie that cost more than $125 million to make and is currently at $57.2 million in earnings, so “Straight Outta Compton” is easily going to win the profit battle this month.
If you haven’t heard about “Straight Outta Compton” it profiles the rap group N.W.A, which is a group that helped popularize the gansta rap back in the day. The movie goes into racial tensions and police brutality, which are still issues being dealt with today after the deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Sam DuBose, and many more high-profile police shootings of black men by the police. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube co-produced the movie, which are two of the original members of N.W.A and it was co-financed by Legendary Pictures.
“Straight Outta Compton” profiles N.W.A, the musical group credited with helping to popularize gansta 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 police from all around the country are saying that this movie just further is pushing the “hate” that the cops say is going on in the country right now, and a lot of cops claim they are scared because the movie brings back the memories of what the LAPD was and that is different from what it is now. The LAPD believes this movie is going to harm the relationship between the community and the police because it is rehashing old wounds, although some might say not much if anything has changed since the incidents from back then. You probably have heard the famous song by N.W.A “**** The Police” which has been covered by many bands through the years, including the band Dope, and it’s songs like this that the police say are only going to harm the already tense feelings between citizens and cops. Either way, this movie is resonating with millions of Americans across the country, whether it’s due to the current situations or just the previous ones, and that is why this movie is going to make millions more.