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“Straight Outta Compton” Goes Straight to the Top in Ticket Sales

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Box Office Mojo, which keeps tabs on movie-ticket sales, reports that “Straight Outta Compton” is a straight out hit.

The movie about the 1980s gangsta rappers Niggas With Attitudes, now known as N.W.A, reported opening weekend ticket sales of $60.2 million at 2,757 screens, a remarkable $21,835 per screen.

The weekend take more than doubled the $25 million spent to make the film. The movie played to a mixed, but mostly black, audience. Forty-six percent of the people who saw the movie were black and 23% were white.

“Straight Outta Compton” reported the fifth-best August opening of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

The film easily smashed the competition, including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E,” which took in $13.5 million.

N.W.A rapped about police brutality in the black community and many other issues that are still relevant today through #BlackLivesMatter.

The movement, along with the intentional use of social media, anger police. When a Miami woman recently posted a video on Facebook of a cop beating a handcuffed black man in the back seat of a squad car, the video went viral.

The Fraternal Order of Police in Miami lashed out at social media and #BlackLivesMatter, arguing the cop was ‘serving and protecting the community.’

The FOP, however, didn’t explain how beating a handcuffed man was protecting and serving the community.

The movie focuses on the lives and music of N.W.A members, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Ice Cube and MC Ren and how the police and the FBI, offended and angered by their records’ lyrics such as “Fuck tha Police,” attempted to prevent their records being distributed and played.

Milt Ahlerich, an assistant director of the FBI, wrote a letter to Ruthless Records, N.W.A’s label, and its distributing company, Priority Records, advising the rappers that “advocating violence and assault is wrong and we in the law- enforcement community take exception to such action.”

This letter is displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Policemen refused to provide security for the group’s concerts, hurting their plans to tour. The FBI’s letter only served to draw more publicity to the group.

“Straight Outta Compton” was the name of N.W.A’s 1988 debut album.

 

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