Music Biopics That Hit All of the Proper Notes
Straight Outta Compton was a straight-up phenomenon.
When the biopic—an outline of the rise and fall of the groundbreaking gangsta rap group N.W.A.—arrived in theaters on Aug. 14, 2015, its reception on the field workplace blew everybody away. Making $24.1 million on opening day alone—the fourth greatest August opening day ever on the time—the movie continued to make historical past because the weekend progressed. In these first few days, its $60.2 million windfall marked the fifth-best August opening weekend of all time, the very best August opening for an R-rated movie, and the very best for a musical biopic ever.
Not solely that, but it surely additionally gave F. Gary Grey one of the best opening by a movie with an African-American director—a report that will stand till Grey surpassed himself with 2017’s The Destiny of the Livid.
With N.W.A. members Ice Dice and Dr. Dre, together with the late Eazy-E‘s widow Tomica Woods-Wright, on board as producers—to not point out MC Ren and DJ Yella hooked up as inventive consultants—followers responded to the Common Photos movie’s sincere portrayal of the group, even when it did sidestep among the misogyny and homophobia they’d been accused of over time.
Critics, too, discovered themselves enamored with the movie, particularly the breakthrough efficiency by O’Shea Jackson Jr., who made his movie debut enjoying a youthful model of his dad, Ice Dice.