The hip-hop biopic “Straight Outta Compton” beat all expectations to debut with $60 million at the box office, according to Sunday estimates.
The film about the emergence of N.W.A. rap stars Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E became the biggest R-rated opener in August, topping “American Pie 2,” and left “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” far behind in third place with $13.5 million.
“The movie tapped into something in our culture and that made it more of a must-see,” Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, tells Variety. Weekend estimates of a $56.1 million opening were upgraded to $60 million by Monday.
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” kept rolling in second place with $17 million in its third week. “Fantastic Four” plummeted 69 percent in its second week to collect $8 million in fourth while “The Gift” showed some staying power with $6.5 million in the fifth slot.
“Ricki and the Flash” also lost only about a third of its audience in week two, coming in behind “Ant-Man,” “Vacation” and “Minions” in ninth place. “Trainwreck” was 10th.