“Straight Outta Compton” Straight To The Top With $60 million At Box Office

(L to R) MC Ren (ALDIS HODGE), DJ Yella (NEIL BROWN, JR.), Dr. Dre (COREY HAWKINS), Eazy-E (JASON MITCHELL) and Ice Cube (O’SHEA JACKSON, JR.) in “Straight Outta Compton”.  Taking us back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.

“Straight Outta Compton” the N.W.A. biopic was a huge hit for Universal despite heightened security at theaters. The famous rap groups meteoric rise took the big screen over the weekend and people went out in droves to the the flick making Universal a very happy studio making $56 million $60.2 million At the box office.

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.

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