The F. Gary Gray-directed film hit theaters over the weekend and reportedly brought in an estimated $56.1 million in ticket sales.
Not only did ticket sales for Straight Outta Compton far surpass the estimated $25 million it was projected to bring in, the film also came close to doubling its production budget, which was $29 million.
CNN Money also reports that “the film’s opening success came from minority audiences,” with African-Americans serving as 46% of those who saw the film.
In addition to breaking sales expectations, Straight Outta Compton also welcomed a stream of positive reviews. The film currently boasts a score of 88% on the movie review website, Rotten Tomatoes.
“‘Straight Outta Compton‘ is for Universal yet another example of a perfectly realized distribution and marketing plan that brought an important story to the big screen,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak said, according to CNN Money. “Not only did audiences clearly love the film, but critics were on board as well.”
Straight Outta Compton was released on August 14, and tells the story of the rise of the Compton, California-based rap group, N.W.A.