Box Office: Straight Outta Compton Opens Strong With $24.2M
This ain’t entirely a surprise as the success of the biopic about the groundbreaking hip-hop group N.W.A was expected and is well deserved.
The hip-hop drama muscles it way to the top spot of Friday box office, opening to an estimated $24.2 million in 2,754 North American theaters.
Straight Outta Compton which was produced by former N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre (among others) heads toward a weekend haul in the high $50-million range, smashing estimates.
According to the group’s Wikipedia page, N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California. It was one of the earliest and most significant popularizers of the gangsta rap and West Coast hip hop subgenres, and is widely considered one of the seminal groups in the history of hip hop music.
The group which was made up of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren was active from 1986 to 1991.
Peep the trailer for Straight Outta Compton below: