Entertainment Straight Outta Compton: #1 With $56 Million

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    "Straight Outta Compton" dominates box office with astonishing debut
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    LOS ANGELES - The boys from Compton smashed opening weekend expectations, while the stylish "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." struggled to find its footing.

    Universal's N.W.A. biopic earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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    "Straight Outta Compton": Relevant -- and controversial

    Director F. Gary Gray's well-received film charts the formation and rise of the influential rap group. It cost just $29 million to produce.

    N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube's real son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father. Dr. Dre also released the companion piece "Compton," - his first new album in 16 years.

    Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, said they were "elated" with the results. Universal had previously predicted a very conservative $25 to $30 million opening.

    "It really struck a chord with audiences. It's a story that is resonating right now," said Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak's senior media analyst. "It was one of those records that was an important work and a very important expression of a particular viewpoint. To this day, that album has so much power."

    Beyond the fandom around N.W.A. and the timeliness of the themes, Universal also launched a clever marketing campaign around the film, "Straight Outta Somewhere," which allows social media users to insert photos in the iconic "Straight Outta Compton" album cover and write in a hometown of their choosing.

    There have been over 5.4 million downloads to date and it trended No. 1 across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for two days in a row.

    "We've got the best marketers in the business and they understand their audiences," Carpou said. "The good news here is it attaches to a product that we're exceedingly proud of."

    According to exit polls, audiences for the R-rated film were evenly divided between genders, 51 percent were under the age of 30, 46 percent were African-American and 23 percent Caucasian.

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    David Edelstein reviews "U.N.C.L.E.," "Straight Outta Compton"

    Meanwhile, Warner Bros. PG-13-rated adaptation of the 1960s television series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted in third place, behind "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," with a sluggish $13.5 million.

    "I was hoping for a little higher number, quite frankly," said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. The goal had been a modest $15 million. The period spy thriller will have an uphill battle to make up its $80 million production budget.

    "(Director) Guy Ritchie made an original and fun movie. Eighty-six percent of our audience was over 25 and 39 percent are over 50," he said. "Older audiences, we all know, don't rush out opening weekend."

    "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a pair of American and Russian agents in the fashionable Cold War-era film.

    Goldstein noted that they weren't able to attract a significant younger audience, who are likely not familiar with the source material. The 7 percent who did turn out gave the film a favorable A- CinemaScore, and Goldstein hopes that word-of-mouth will spread in the coming weeks.

    Fox's "Fantastic Four" plummeted to $8 million to take the fourth place spot, while "The Gift" took fifth with $6.5 million.

    But it's Universal's weekend to celebrate once more in what has become a banner year for the studio. Universal crossed the $2 billion mark domestically on Saturday - four months ahead of previous record-holder Warner Bros.

    "Straight Outta Compton" is Universal's 6th film to open over $50 million in 2015 and broke the August record for an R-rated opening.

    "If you were to create a blueprint for how to perfectly execute a box office year, they've done it," said Dergarabedian.

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Straight Outta Compton," $56.1 million.

    2. "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," $17 million.

    3. "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," $13.5 million.

    4. "Fantastic Four," $8 million.

    5. "The Gift," $6.5 million.

    6. "Ant-Man," $5.5 million.

    7. "Vacation," $5.3 million.

    8. "Minions," $5.2 million.

    9. "Ricki and the Flash," $4.6 million.

    10. "Trainwreck," $3.8 million.
     
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    "Robin, I was thinking about making this movie but I had too many meetings to attend."
     
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    I notice that there wasn't any shootings mentioned in the news at all for "Straight Outta Compton".


    As for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", I think that will be a Redbox rental, I'm not familiar with the show it's based on at all.
     
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    The Daily Mail said no instances of violence were associated with the movie.
     
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    imagine if all the race baiters hadn't stayed home locked in their closets
     
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    It was pretty much a mountain made out of a molehill. Silly people.
     
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    so how much is that per shooting?
     
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    it was TV's answer to James Bond (and maybe the Avengers BBC show) movies.
     
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    The politic guys here won't like this.:p
     
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    I figured it had to be James Bond related, the last part of the title all in capitals makes me think of SPECTRE from the Bond series
     
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    it was the idea: it had a suave spy who got all the hot girls, and a russian high tech sidekick

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    UNCLE was run by Leo G Carrol (Topper) who gave them their assignments, and they carried these walki-talkie pens (no cellphones) to keep in contact with UNCLE.
     
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    that sounds interesting, i'll have to see if it's on netflix or amazon.
     
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    The Man from UNCLE is based on a 50 yearold TV show. I don't think anyone was looking for it. Too bad, I liked the TV show when it was on.
     
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    "Robin, my movie was supposed to make that much but they wouldn't let me have the rights for a DVD release so yeah, it's totally on them. I don't know what they were thinking. It would have been the most explosive DVD/Blu-Ray in the history of home video, right Robin? Robin?"
     
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    the show was so closely associated with James Bond that the main character's name "Napoleon Solo" was sold to the producers by Ian Flemming who already used "Mr. Solo" in his novels.
     
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    the SPECTRE equivalent was THRUSH in the TV show.
     
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    it should be. compared to today it was very crude. the first season was B&W (maybe all of it was) and it was avant guard for the time because of the enmity between the US and Soviet Union: it had a Russian co-star playing a Russian agent.
     
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