(UNIVERSAL PICTURES / PARAMOUNT PICTURES / WARNER BROTHERS / TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX / STX ENTERTAINMENT) – “Straight Outta Compton”, a biopic about rap group N.W.A., debuted to an impressive $56.1 million this weekend in 2,757 theaters, making it the biggest ever August debut for an R-rated movie, outpacing the previous best set by “American Pie 2”.
Universal’s hard-hitting story set in the early days of gansta rap, nearly doubled the movie’s budget of $29 million in a single weekend, which could put the film among the most profitable releases of the summer.
Producers of the film included N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre who played an integral in marketing the hit.
Coming in second this week, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” starring Tom Cruise, picked up $17 million in its third weekend, bringing its total North American earnings to a blistering $138.1 million.
Warner Bros.’ “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, had a rough start with a meager earnings of $13.5 million, in its debut weekend. The action-adventure, directed by Guy Ritchie, cost a whopping $75 million to produce.
Fox’s “Fantastic Four” turned into one of the biggest comic book movie flops in history as it fell nearly 70% to fourth place at the box office, mustering a measly $8 million, for a total of $42 million stateside earnings.
“The Gift” rounded out the top five at the box office. The STX Entertainment’s thriller brought in only $6.5 million this weekend, earning a total of $23.6 million stateside.