Weekend Movie Wrap-Up: 'Straight Outta Compton' tops 'Mission Impossible' at the box office
NWA has another hit on their hands. Straight Outta Compton, the biopic telling the origin story of the rap group featuring Eazy E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre was the biggest movie of the weekend after taking in $56.1 million and knocking Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation out of the top spot.
The movie was the biggest opener for a musical biopic. By comparison, Eminem's 8 Mile opened with $51.2 million back in 2002. Universal exec Nicholas Carpou said in a statement, "F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have delivered an extraordinary film that records an important piece of American culture. It stands on its own from a historical standpoint. As the summer box office heads into August, and a fatigue sets in for certain types of tentpole films, audiences look for thought-provoking titles like Straight Outta Compton."
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Rizzuto show had a chat with Ice Cube on last Friday's show. Get the audio HERE.
CHECK IT OUT: Straight Outta Compton's impressive scores on Rotten Tomatoes
The week's other new release, Man From U.N.C.L.E, debuted in third place and seemed to attract the over-25 crowd who made up 86% of the ticket sales.
Tom Cruise was initially attached to star in U.N.C.L.E.
Pixels and Southpaw dropped out of the top 10.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- August 14 - August 16
1. Straight Outta Compton, $56.1M
2. Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, $17M
3. Man From U.N.C.L.E, $13.5M
4. Fantastic Four, $8M
5. The Gift, $6.5M
6. Ant-Man, $5.5M
7. Vacation, $5.3M
8. Minions, $5.16M
9. Ricki And The Flash, $4.6M
10. Trainwreck, $3.8M
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