Music biopic Straight Outta Compton, released in America on 14 August 2015, has not only gone on to make box office history, it’s also made black history
The biopic about the history of rap music’s most iconic groups, including N.W.A., directed by F Gary Gary, recently grossed over $200 million (R2,77 billion) across the world. This is the highest gross amount that any black film director’s movie has ever received.
The previous record was held by the director of the 2000 horror comedy Scary Movie, Keenen Ivory Wayans, which grossed a total of $157 million. Gary Gary has beat this record by $3 million so far.
In the US alone, Straight Outta Compton has grossed over $161,1 million, and $38,8 million across the rest of the world. According to The Boombox, much of this biopic’s success is because of the established N.W.A. fan base and the large numbers of repeat watchers of the film.
On its first weekend, the movie grossed a whopping $60 million, which broke the record for the highest-grossing music biopic in history.
Statistics that were released by The Los Angeles Times revealed that:
- 51% of ticket buyers were under 30.
- 46% of ticket buyers were black.
- About 52% of the audience was female.
- The highest-grossing theatres were in Atlanta.
With award season coming up, the NWA film has attracted a lot of award buzz, which isn’t surprising considering its success. With all the hype surrounding the movie, which is still to be released in Russia and Spain in mid-November, Universal Studios has released the 140-page screenplay for the movie. So, if you want to re-make the film for yourself for the fun of it, you can download the full script here.
Academy Award expert Tom O’Neil told Business Insider that “Universal hadn’t positioned ‘Compton’ as an awards contender.
“But it’s suddenly getting that buzz because of its quality and audience impact. Once it plays out in theatres, the studio will campaign it aggressively to Academy members via DVDs shipped to their homes,” he added.
We’ve seen the film and believe that all the critical acclaim it’s received is valid. It’s raw, engaging and is shot amazingly well – it would be a shame if it doesn’t become a strong contender for an Academy Award.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, watch the trailer below to get a taste of what you’re missing out on: