"Straight Outta Compton" had its ground breaking debut in theaters last Friday on August 14th. It's opening day grossed $24.2 million in sales, which exceeded its original projections of $18-$19 million. In its first weekend it debuted over $60 million in ticket sales in North America. "That number ranks as the fifth biggest August opening in history and the biggest debut for an R-rated film during the month".
The Revolutionary Movement of N.W.A.
"Straight Outta Compton" takes place in Compton California during the mid 1980's. This biographical drama is based on the true events of 5 young rap pioneers who would evolve pop culture and hip hop forever. The title, "Straight Outta Compton" derives from their 1988 double platinum debut album which helped define west coast gangster rap. "The record was among the first to offer an insider's perspective of the violence and brutality of gang-ridden South Central L.A. With songs like "Fuck tha Police" and "Gangsta Gangsta" set in a chaotic swirl of siren and gunshot sounds, it also foreshadowed the 1992 L.A. riots". "Straight Outta Compton" is based on the rise and fall of N.W.A. and their experiences throughout life living in the hood. The revolutionary rappers of N.W.A. consisted of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dj Yella, and MC Ren.
The Cast of "Straight Outta Compton"
The cast of "Straight Outta Compton" includes a dynamic range of actors and actresses including O'Shea Jackson Jr, Paul Giamatti, Corey Hawkins and Alexandra Shipp. Ice Cubes son O'Shea portrays his father in the film which adds an element of realism. Not only do they look a like but also sound very similar as well. Corey Hawkins plays Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. as Dj Yella, and MC Ren played by Aldis Hodge. The film received 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 96%.
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