Turns out that Straight Outta Compton did even better at the North American box office this weekend than Universal originally estimated.
While the studio predicted a weekend box office of $56.1 million on Sunday morning, on Monday it revised that number to a whopping $60.2 million.
The film opened to $24.1 million on Friday, including its Thursday night screenings; it corralled $19.3 million on Saturday and took in an extra $16.8 million on Sunday.
The film now stands as the fifth best August opening ever, narrowly surpassing M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs, which opened to $60.1 million in 2002.
Universal’s R-rated Compton, the biopic about the groundbreaking hip-hop group N.W.A, produced for just $29 million, posted a best-ever opening for its director F. Gary Gray. It also overshadowed other rap movies like Eminem’s 8 Mile, which bowed to $51.2 million in 2002 and Notorious, the story of Notorious B.I.G., which opened to $20.5 million in 2009.
Co-financed by Universal and Legendary, the film stars O'Shea Jackson Jr. as his real-life father, Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.
Opening in 2,751 theaters, it was produced by former N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre (among others). Ice Cube, the producer, managed to beat his own best-opening as a lead actor, 2014’s Ride Along, which opened to $41.5 million.
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