The urban blight drama of “Straight Outta Compton” killed two birds with one stone. The film debuted with a whopping $60.2 million for Universal and immediately secured itself TV rights. Read on for more details.
The biographical movie about Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella and MC Ren collectively known as N.W.A. bankrolled their way as to center stage. Earning the musical biopic, the fifth biggest August opener in history even with an R-rating stamped on its heel and FX Network offering a television screening.
In the comments section from Deadline, a supposed movie-goer blatantly lamented his experience.
“People couldn’t get in over the weekend because of limited theaters/showtimes. Plus, they heard how good it was at work. This movie will have good legs. I can see $200M.” – Anonymous on Aug. 18, 2015.
The film which borrows its name from N.W.A’s 1988 debut studio album is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday) and features a young cast which includes Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson. N.W.A.’s late 80’s iconic album is infamously known to hip-hop fans for its three-pronged opener of songs, from the pitiless opening title track to the genre-busting “Gangsta Gangsta,” and the expletive rage of “[email protected] Tha Police.”
Universal even went to such length as to reimburse theaters who beefed up their security during the opening weekend screening of the movie. A screening in downtown L.A. even had a heavier set of security than usual. However, Variety via Rolling Stone reported there was no incident of violence attributed to the movie.
“The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters (sic) who will begin showing it this weekend but has partnered with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations,” a representative from Universal again assured the viewing public on Variety.
In related news, according to Time, Suge Knight’s lawyer derided the representation of his client in the recent film. The lawyer said that the movie “is exaggerated and silly and ridiculous.”
This expression of annoyance comes from the portrayal of Knight as a hoodlum who craves violence. Knight is the former CEO of Death Row Records and has an extensive rap sheet of criminal history. He currently incarcerated due to a hit-and-run incident.