Straight Outta Compton Still No. 1, Crosses $115M Mark

A week full of controversy and media frenzy was enough to generate a buzz for Straight Outta Compton to reign supreme at the box office yet again, giving the N.W.A biopic a grand total of $ 115.7 million in ticket sales.

“It is the movie of the moment, the movie everyone is talking about. Thank goodness for Straight Outta Compton because we definitely need that boost,” says Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian tells USA TODAY.

The Universal Pictures-helmed filmed, opened up to $ 60.2 million during its opening weekend, exceeding all expectations on its $ 29 million production budgets.

Jeff Bock, senior box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, offered up reasoning behind the Hip-Hop film’s success saying, “”Heres a film that was specifically catering toward an African-American audience, and it broke through those boundaries that first weekend and continues to do so. That’s a great story.”

Straight Outta Compton Cast On Inspiring Dr. Dre’s New Album

The cinematic aspects of the movie as well as casting jobs for particularly Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) have garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Still, not everyone has been up in arms about Straight Outta Compton’s success. There has been numerous reports about Dr. Dre’s assault against journalist Dee Barnes being a glaring omission from the film, prompting the legendary producer himself to release an apology statement to her and several other victims.

Go see Straight Outta Compton if you have yet to done so.

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Music makes friends as Iran’s Rastak ensemble crosses Gulf

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