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19th Aug 2015

Straight Outta Compton heads straight into the record books

Kevin Beirne

The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has smashed all projections by taking over $60m in its first weekend.

The film’s performance makes it the fifth-highest grossing August release in American history and the highest ever grossing R-rated debut for the month.

Despite production costs of just $29m, the documentary has made more in its opening week than Ant-Man ($57.2m) and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation ($55.5m) – both of which had a budget of over $125m.

Straight Outta Compton’s weekend takings were massively impressive compared to the other big release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – which only brought in $13.4m depsite a $75m budget.

Have you seen it yet? It’s on our to-do list this weekend…