Straight Outta Compton Goes Straight to the Top


Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the controversial and influential rap act N.W.A., busted through the box office noise and climbed to the top, banking a pretty phenomenal $56.1 million. It crushed the rest of its competitors, earning more than the rest of the Top Five combined.

Bad rap? Well, the movie certainly didn’t wow reviewer Adam Holz, who called the flick “one of the harshest films we’ve ever reviewed.” But you won’t hear Universal Pictures complaining about its 600-plus obscenities. Compton is just the latest win for a studio that’s already had the best year in cinematic history. The previous record had been 20th Century Fox’s $5.52 billion set last year. But buoyed by such movies as Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Minions, Universal has earned more than $5.6 billion worldwide—and we’ve still got four months to go.

And I thought that this was going to be a Disney sort of year, what with Avengers: Age of Ultron, two Pixar movies and a new Star Wars flick on the docket. Go figure.

After two weeks at the top, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation slipped to second, collecting around $17 million. Its strong showing spoiled the debut of another spy movie based on a 1960s T.V. show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. the stylish, Guy Ritchie-helmed flick managed just $13.5 million—barely enough, one would think, to pay for Napoleon Solo’s wardrobe.

The much maligned Fantastic Four sank, fittingly, into fourth place with $8 million. That represents a 70% loss of the movie’s audience from last week, and it leaves the superhero flick with a not-so-super $42 million gross thus far. Meanwhile, The Gift rounds out the Top Five with $6.5 million.

Final figures update: 1. Straight Outta Compton, $60.2 million; 2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, $17.2 million; 3. The Man From U.N.C.L.E., $13.4 million; 4. Fantastic Four, $8.2 million; 5. The Gift, $6.5 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Kal El More than 1 year ago
I have no desire to see SOC, not because I'm offended by culturally unacceptable language (though I understand 'avoiding the appearance of evil'), but because I'm not fans of the people it's based off of, and I honestly feel like the movie seems to promote not only an unhealthy worldview on authority and culture, but reinforces negative racial/cultural stereotypes, even as it tries to be a 'rights movie' of sorts.
I question the wisdom of these guys, who were tired of racism and censorship, taking their stand by lashing out with the same hatred and essentially making themselves and the very race and style they were fighting for look bad.
I somehow doubt MLK would've written an anti-police song or encouraged a riot to get his point across. But then he was acting from God's leading, whereas it seems clear that the NWA were acting from hurt, anger, or even pride.

That said I'm not condemning anyone who wants to give the movie a shot. We all have different convictions and the key is to listen for God's leading, not man's. I'm just making some observations and speaking for myself. :-)
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Tommy Woodard More than 1 year ago
"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned"

Luke 6:37
Marissa More than 1 year ago
So when Frozen was on top of the box office on its way to making over a billion dollars (which is significantly more than Compton will make), did that indicate that society is full of loving families and children seeking mostly-harmless and positive entertainment? 

Your analogy is flawed, is what I'm saying. Heck, 56 mil isn't even that much in the grand scheme of things when it comes to movies. Films like Avengers and Jurassic World made significantly more than that straight out of the gate.