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08.16.2015

Straight Outta Compton is #1 with attitude!

The story of groundbreaking hip-hop group N.W.A. stormed the box office this weekend, putting STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON on top with an estimated $56 million opening!

The R-rated gaze into the rise and fall of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre's early rap career had the biggest opening for a musician biopic, more than doubling previous winner WALK THE LINE's $22 million debut (it went on to $119.5 million and a number of award nominations). STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON rolled up with a reported $28 million cost.

It's also the biggest debut for director F. Gary Gray, whose last efforts started with $21 million (LAW ABIDING CITIZEN) and $23.4 million (the GET SHORTY follow-up BE COOL). Critics and crowds were into STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON's beats with 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and a straight 'A' CinemaScore.

Tom Cruise's latest espionage exploits took a rest from being on top for two weekends as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION slipped to second place with $17.3 million. The globetrotting mission has gathered $373 million around the world so far.

Opening in third was another dose of PG-13 spy action in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. with $13.5 million. Director Guy Ritchie's riff on the 1960s TV show came with an $80 million reported cost and paired new Superman Henry Cavill with almost-Batman Armie Hammer. Critics shrugged at the retro thriller with 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave it a 'B' CinemaScore.

In the number four slot was FANTASTIC FOUR with $8 million, a considerable 68% drop from its second-place opening last weekend. The latest version of Marvel's heroes did cross $100 million worldwide, so that's... something.

In fifth place was Joel Edgerton's THE GIFT with $6.5 million. The R-rated thriller seems to be gaining word-of-mouth traction, losing only 45% of business from last week's opening. It's now at a 10-day domestic total of $23.5 million on a reported $5 million cost.

Marvel's miniscule superhero ANT-MAN was in sixth with another $5.5 million on its fifth weekend in theaters. It is up to $347 million worldwide, although that is still the second-smallest global total in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ahead of THE INCREDIBLE HULK's $263 million and behind CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER's $370 million..

In seventh was the latest Wally World journey VACATION with $5.3 million, followed by MINIONS in eighth place on its path to a likely $1 billion worldwide finish. The Meryl Streep rocker RICKI AND THE FLASH was in ninth (down 31% from last week's debut) and Amy Schumer's TRAINWRECK closed the list as it chugs toward $100 million.

Outside the chart, PIXELS got de-rezzed and SOUTHPAW got punched out. In limited release, filmmaker Noah Baumbach's new comedy MISTRESS AMERICA had a solid $23k per-screen average.

Next weekend delivers the Jesse Eisenberg stoner action-comedy AMERICAN ULTRA, the low-budget horror sequel SINISTER 2, and another shot at the videogame HITMAN: AGENT 47.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Straight Outta Compton $56 M
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2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $17 M $138.1 M
3. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. $13.5 M
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4. Fantastic Four $8 M $41.9 M
5. The Gift $6.5 M $23.5 M
6. Ant-Man $5.5 M $157.5 M
7. Vacation $5.3 M $46.8 M
8. Minions $5.1 M $312.9 M
9. Ricki and the Flash $4.5 M $14.6 M
10. Trainwreck $3.8 M $97.9 M

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1:19PM on 08/17/2015
Actual came out and it opened to 60 million. Straight Outta Compton is a big hit!
Actual came out and it opened to 60 million. Straight Outta Compton is a big hit!
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12:46PM on 08/17/2015
People will always find a way to show their racist side. If you dont care about the movie. Why come here and comment. Nobody wants to read all that crap.
People will always find a way to show their racist side. If you dont care about the movie. Why come here and comment. Nobody wants to read all that crap.
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6:30AM on 08/17/2015
Glad compton took top spot, bettrr than the ususl summer crap.
Glad compton took top spot, bettrr than the ususl summer crap.
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5:14AM on 08/17/2015

Ugh.

Bunch of gang bangers become famous for shitty music, talking shit about drugs, women, crime and cops? No thanks. Sad this took number one. Man from UNCLE should have beat the straight shit outta this.
Bunch of gang bangers become famous for shitty music, talking shit about drugs, women, crime and cops? No thanks. Sad this took number one. Man from UNCLE should have beat the straight shit outta this.
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10:14AM on 08/17/2015
It's kinda sad you're judging the movie without even seeing it. Its way more than what you described. It shows the faults we as human beings have. It spoke on so many subjects from aids awareness to just overall wanting a better life for yourself. I get it though....it's easier to just ignore it and assume the worst.
It's kinda sad you're judging the movie without even seeing it. Its way more than what you described. It shows the faults we as human beings have. It spoke on so many subjects from aids awareness to just overall wanting a better life for yourself. I get it though....it's easier to just ignore it and assume the worst.
10:15AM on 08/17/2015
Hahaha. Yer drunk.
Hahaha. Yer drunk.
9:48PM on 09/13/2015
Racist asshole! Straight Outta Compton was an amazing movie. Another box office hit, for Universal. Go Compton!
Racist asshole! Straight Outta Compton was an amazing movie. Another box office hit, for Universal. Go Compton!
10:42PM on 08/16/2015
Makes sense that the Compton movie would be #1. I mean all the ghetto people have been saving for the past 3 years and just spent their life earnings this weekend to see it. Also, I am a little confused that Fantastic 4 was still in the top 5. Surprised people are seeing it despite all the negative feedback it garnered.
Makes sense that the Compton movie would be #1. I mean all the ghetto people have been saving for the past 3 years and just spent their life earnings this weekend to see it. Also, I am a little confused that Fantastic 4 was still in the top 5. Surprised people are seeing it despite all the negative feedback it garnered.
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10:57PM on 08/16/2015
Wow... I'm surprised you didn't out right use the N word in your comment.
Wow... I'm surprised you didn't out right use the N word in your comment.
12:00AM on 08/17/2015
well spoken, Can Ispeak To Ken. well spoken!
well spoken, Can Ispeak To Ken. well spoken!
5:15AM on 08/17/2015
I love this.
I love this.
10:10AM on 08/17/2015
Be careful your ignorance is showing. I watched this movie on Saturday and it was awesome, but you know what was even better....the crowd at my local theater was over half white! See you generalized a group of people by referring to them as ghetto and saving their dollars to go see a thug movie when you fail to realize that whites buy more hip hop music than black people do. I'm so glad there is such diversity so idiots like you sit around being upset all day.
Be careful your ignorance is showing. I watched this movie on Saturday and it was awesome, but you know what was even better....the crowd at my local theater was over half white! See you generalized a group of people by referring to them as ghetto and saving their dollars to go see a thug movie when you fail to realize that whites buy more hip hop music than black people do. I'm so glad there is such diversity so idiots like you sit around being upset all day.
10:16AM on 08/17/2015
Racist bitch
Racist bitch
3:42PM on 08/17/2015
*their
*their
3:55PM on 08/17/2015
Funny thing is, I like how people automatically think I'm directly talking about black people as the only ghetto people. lol. Trust me there are some serious ghetto white people that went and saw that movie where I am at. I honestly don't care how good people say this movie is. I don't want to see something about a bunch of ignorant kids making music that is all about negativity. Even though Ice Cube has been able to clean himself up. Making a movie about a racist and destructive no talent
Funny thing is, I like how people automatically think I'm directly talking about black people as the only ghetto people. lol. Trust me there are some serious ghetto white people that went and saw that movie where I am at. I honestly don't care how good people say this movie is. I don't want to see something about a bunch of ignorant kids making music that is all about negativity. Even though Ice Cube has been able to clean himself up. Making a movie about a racist and destructive no talent rap group and probably adding a lot of false story to justify their upbringing isn't going to get me to feel sorry for them.

One thing I wish that was illegal is the word "N*gga" and for people to pay a fine when being caught in public saying it. That is all I heard while standing in line. N*gga this and N*gga that. You guys fucking serious!!!
5:06AM on 08/18/2015
Preach on!
Preach on!
8:38AM on 08/18/2015
It's a stupid game you're trying to play but anybody with some sense knows what you're talking about. You tried a basic troll move to get people to argue with you so you can say we'll I never said black people. We know who you're referring to. No other race of people are referred to as ghetto so stop the bullshit. Regardless of who you claimed to be talking about, the crowds are so diverse that it makes you upset. I'm glad!!! From the average black person to the biggest country white guy....I
It's a stupid game you're trying to play but anybody with some sense knows what you're talking about. You tried a basic troll move to get people to argue with you so you can say we'll I never said black people. We know who you're referring to. No other race of people are referred to as ghetto so stop the bullshit. Regardless of who you claimed to be talking about, the crowds are so diverse that it makes you upset. I'm glad!!! From the average black person to the biggest country white guy....I saw it all in theaters and it was beautiful
8:42AM on 08/18/2015
Oh and your generalization that the film was about them making negative music....go and check out Express Yourself. See you judged it before you've actually seen it. This movie actually focuses on unity. Their story represents harsh reality they went through and how they overcame it. I digress....this post has over stayed it's welcome
Oh and your generalization that the film was about them making negative music....go and check out Express Yourself. See you judged it before you've actually seen it. This movie actually focuses on unity. Their story represents harsh reality they went through and how they overcame it. I digress....this post has over stayed it's welcome
9:06PM on 08/16/2015
Man From UNCLE surprised me, really fun film with a great attitude.
I think opening so close to Mission Impossible hurt its boxoffice.
Man From UNCLE surprised me, really fun film with a great attitude.
I think opening so close to Mission Impossible hurt its boxoffice.
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9:04PM on 08/16/2015
Damn I was kinda thinking Man From U.N.C.L.E would be a sleeper hit & not bomb so bad, definitely one of the strangest summers in recent memory. Guess I gotta go check out Straight Outta Compton now. Good to see Rogue Nation still making money, my favorite movie of the summer.
Damn I was kinda thinking Man From U.N.C.L.E would be a sleeper hit & not bomb so bad, definitely one of the strangest summers in recent memory. Guess I gotta go check out Straight Outta Compton now. Good to see Rogue Nation still making money, my favorite movie of the summer.
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7:43PM on 08/16/2015
Even The Man From U.N.C.L.E. beats Fantastic Four. Take that, Fox!
Even The Man From U.N.C.L.E. beats Fantastic Four. Take that, Fox!
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3:39PM on 08/16/2015

Wow!!

I wasn't expecting it to make this much because it's a rated R movie. I read an article stating the box office would slow up starting with FF. However, I knew it would make a good amount, the trailer looked great and everyone I know wanted to see it, but I wasn't expecting 56M. I tried to get out and go see it, but looks like I will have to wait to see it sometimes this week instead. I heard it's a great movie, very emotional and dramatic. I'm glad it's doing good.
I wasn't expecting it to make this much because it's a rated R movie. I read an article stating the box office would slow up starting with FF. However, I knew it would make a good amount, the trailer looked great and everyone I know wanted to see it, but I wasn't expecting 56M. I tried to get out and go see it, but looks like I will have to wait to see it sometimes this week instead. I heard it's a great movie, very emotional and dramatic. I'm glad it's doing good.
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2:45PM on 08/16/2015
Well deserved. Straight Outta Compton was a great movie. I enjoyed it a lot.
Well deserved. Straight Outta Compton was a great movie. I enjoyed it a lot.
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2:11PM on 08/16/2015
Who would have though a biopic about the NWA would have been so popular? Even though I have no interest in seeing it, it does look like a well made film.
Who would have though a biopic about the NWA would have been so popular? Even though I have no interest in seeing it, it does look like a well made film.
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2:17PM on 08/16/2015
ummmmm lol I guess you don't have the pulse of the crowd. It was pretty self evident this would be a pretty big movie. The rap, r&b, black crowds are huge so they came out to support the movie. and considering the message of the movie and everything going on in the US right now. It's no surprise that it made bank.
ummmmm lol I guess you don't have the pulse of the crowd. It was pretty self evident this would be a pretty big movie. The rap, r&b, black crowds are huge so they came out to support the movie. and considering the message of the movie and everything going on in the US right now. It's no surprise that it made bank.
2:42PM on 08/16/2015
@The_ConMan It's been evident by now that Soloist is a teen. NWA and the 90s is over his head.
@The_ConMan It's been evident by now that Soloist is a teen. NWA and the 90s is over his head.
2:59PM on 08/16/2015
Not a teen, but nice try. Maybe next time.
Not a teen, but nice try. Maybe next time.
3:19PM on 08/16/2015
I'm a white 33 yo and I'm all about SOC. if I didn't have to go to a wedding this past weekend, I would've seen it
I'm a white 33 yo and I'm all about SOC. if I didn't have to go to a wedding this past weekend, I would've seen it
3:39PM on 08/16/2015
People are angry. And some of them are nostalgic for the politically-charged rap of the '80s and '90s. And you can tell from the trailer this thing's got heart to it (and who but F. Gary Gray to see this thing through?). I haven't watched it yet. But for those of us who pay attention to non-movie-news, not a surprise at all.
People are angry. And some of them are nostalgic for the politically-charged rap of the '80s and '90s. And you can tell from the trailer this thing's got heart to it (and who but F. Gary Gray to see this thing through?). I haven't watched it yet. But for those of us who pay attention to non-movie-news, not a surprise at all.
9:08PM on 08/16/2015
Because regular people in the real world don't just rely on pointless remakes, sequels, & comic book films. It's a good biopic that obviously caught people's attention. The fanboys finally got beat this summer.
Because regular people in the real world don't just rely on pointless remakes, sequels, & comic book films. It's a good biopic that obviously caught people's attention. The fanboys finally got beat this summer.
6:31AM on 08/17/2015
Clearly a kid kid that thinks kanye is a genius.
Clearly a kid kid that thinks kanye is a genius.
8:03AM on 08/17/2015
Clearly.
Clearly.
5:34PM on 08/17/2015
clearly? Soloist, you realize the message that kanye conveys is completely different than the message NWA conveys right? They aren't even the same genre of music.
clearly? Soloist, you realize the message that kanye conveys is completely different than the message NWA conveys right? They aren't even the same genre of music.
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