Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Box Office: Rap is Back as Straight Outta Compton Sets Record with $24 Mil Opening, Dr. Dre Scores with Soundtrack


“Straight Outta Compton” set a record last night for an August opening with $24 million. The F. Gary Gray movie is looking at a $75 million weekend. Interesting, too, because Dr. Dre’s accompanying soundtrack sold 300,000 copies this past week and finished at the top of the charts. Rap is back!

(And just think: all those Dre fans are listening to the album on his Beats headphones.)

“Compton” tells the story of how Dre and his generation went from Compton to billionaire status. It’s quite a success story. And while the movie is making loads of money, Universal has a hidden cost in security at theaters where it’s playing.

Meantime, “The Man from UNCLE” is a bust. Last night the Henry Cavill- Armie Hammer spy flick did $4.9 million. The weekend is bleak with $12 million tops for Guy Ritchie’s effort. Warner Bros. has not had a happy summer. “Vacation” was a disaster. “Magic Mike XXL” and “Focus” were among the strike outs this spring and summer. Luckily “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “San Andreas” hit big.

But “UNCLE” doesn’t say much for Warner’s Superman, Henry Cavill. He’s a great looking guy, but there’s no heat around him. Hopefully the excitement over “Batman vs. Superman” will over come that.

It’s a tough business, that show business. Just ask 20th Century Fox, suffering the fall out from “The Fantastic Four.” The poor thing did $599 per screen last night. Like Cavill, the Human Torch doesn’t much have heat either.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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