Perhaps in the rap category of biodocs “Straight Outta Compton” emerges less in the genre circle beside “Notorious”; then closer in commercial kinship to “8 Mile” as well as “Hustle & Flow”. And while Universal Pictures’ feature NWA based music-drama has entertained yet near any Academy Award nominations and wins the legendary Old School rap band can add another number one hit to their landmark status.
Not to mention director F. Gary Gray’s newest film had a lyrical dynasty story knock down a pair of spy-fi blockbusters off center stage.
Henry Cavill hypes being “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” before 2016s widely anticipated “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and his CIA operative part named Napoleon Solo was proposed to be the circa-Cold War action movie sabotaging “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” slate at being the nationwide top film running. Now all three movies occupy the top three spots at the domestic box office, and a directorial triumvirate watermarks the Aug. box office of 2015 in a match-up that is the lesser touted but a stronger highlight for this year. That of a number one movie over Aug. 14 to Aug. 16 at a domestic box office opening.
With “Straight Outta Compton” Gray (“The Italian Job”, “A Man Apart”) marks his personal best, surpassing even the helming of fan-fave comedy hit “Friday”. Straight off a debut three-day on which the rap biopic was able to gross $60.2 million this remains the largest premiering movie’s earnings slots above another cult classic of John Travolta and Rene Russo fame, “Be Cool” which earned $56. million.
Guy Ritchie may have arisen on the autership strength of quirky, clever criminal con games but his major box office features of latter portfolio notability rate at “Sherlock Holmes” and an in-development “King Arthur”. Plus the present day “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” that makes itself Ritchie’s 3rd best domestic opening film with its intake of $13.4 million.
“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” director Christopher McQuarrie also stands atop a 2015 career pedestal. McQuarrie (“The Way of the Gun:) collaborates again with Tom Cruise for another Paramount movie since 2012s “Jack Reacher”. Still the latterday “Mission Impossible” installment stamps being McQuarrie’s highest grossing opener to date. But it fits within the current three-day scores backsteps into 2nd place with $17.1 million.
The Top 5 concludes with a 4th ranking “Fantastic Four” having an $8.1 million gross. “The Gift” wraps up the 5th rank on a $6.5 million strength.
It’s a weekend claimed by recording artist names comprising Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella . With”Straight Outta Compton” beginnings it’s enough to believe that the beat plays back at number one for a second week in a row against incoming Liongate’s action-comedy “American Ultra” or even Twentieth Century Fox’s “Hitman: Ageent 47”. The double dose of action and another spy-fi adrenalizer preambles the exiting Summer box office.