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YOUR WEEKEND BOX OFFICE, BROUGHT TO YOU BY COMPTON

Universal's Straight Outta Compton, which opened to rave reviews, has exceeded the monetary expectations of many, pulling in an astounding $56m in its debut weekend. In doing so, the film has become the sixth biggest August opening in recorded history.

The titillating biopic scored an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 96% audience score. It also earned an A Cinemascore, as well as an A+ from viewers under age 25, proving wrong those early skeptics who claimed the storyline (and nearly 30-year-old album namesake) was ancient history and no longer relatable to modern youth.

The themes of racial tension and police brutality are chillingly relevant. Indeed, the phrase "speak a little truth and people lose their minds," as uttered by Ice Cube's character in the movie, couldn't be more accurate. Dr. Dre's inspired-by soundtrack, Compton, is currently #1 at iTunes, while NWA's original Straight Outta Compton and its expanded version sit at #6 and #4 respectively. Dr. Dre's The Chronic, meanwhile, follows closely at #9. 


Here are the weekend's Top 5 highest-grossing films in America:

1. Straight Outta Compton (Universal) $56m 2,757/$20,348 avg. (debut)
2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Paramount) $17m 3,700/$4,595 avg. (week 3)
3. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Bros.) $14m 3,638/$3,720 avg. (debut)
4. Fantastic Four (Fox) $8m 4,004/$1,998 avg. (week 2)
5. The Gift (STX Entertainment) $6.5m 2,503/$2,597 avg. (week 2)

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