‘Straight Outta Compton’ Tops Box Office with $56.1 Million

Straight Outta Compton

This weekend was a win at the box office for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.

The film, which chronicles the influential rap group’s rise to fame, topped the box office grabbing with an estimated $56.1 million.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film marked a best-ever opening for the director and beat out first-weekend sales for other rap movies like Eminem’s 8 Mile, which grossed $51.2 million in 2002, and Notorious, the story of Notorious B.I.G., which opened to $20.5 million in 2009.

African-American moviegoers comprised the largest share of the audience, which helped make the film a success taking up 46 percent. Th movie also showed it had  crossover appeal with Caucasians making up 21 percent, Hispanics 21 percent, Asians at four percent and others rounding out the last six percent. As for age, a mixture of younger and older moviegoers made up the audience. 51 percent were over the age of 30 and 49 percent under.

The film stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. as his real-life father, Ice Cube; Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre; Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E; Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

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