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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is Highest-Grossing Musical Biopic Of All Time, Just 3 Weeks After Release

A still from the hit film "Straight Outta Compton," which topped the U.S. box office for a third consecutive week at the end of August. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures)
A still from the hit film “Straight Outta Compton,” which topped the U.S. box office for a third consecutive week at the end of August. (Jaimie Trueblood/Universal Pictures)

(International Business Times) – The filmed story of N.W.A. is straight outta competition at the box office. And thanks to a third consecutive week atop Hollywood’s scorecard, “Straight Outta Compton” has earned its place in history as the highest-grossing music biopic ever, USA Today reported. The previous champ, “Walk The Line,” about Johnny and June Carter Cash, had grossed $119 million. Through just three weeks, “Straight Outta Compton” has hauled in $134 million, Box Office Mojo reported.

To reach the top this week, the rap group’s authorized story outdid a surprisingly strong $11 million opening weekend from the faith-focused Christian film “War Room” and a resurgent Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” which took in $8.7 million. “Rogue Nation” now boasts a total box office take of more than $170 million.

“Highest-grossing musical biopic of all time” might sound like a dubious distinction — the lifetime gross for “Compton” doesn’t even put it in the top 10 highest-grossing movies of the summer — but the film’s success does speak to hip hop’s cultural primacy. Thanks to the success of  “Compton,” two of the three top-grossing biopics are about hip hop artists (“8 Mile,” a film loosely based on Eminem’s life, is the other).

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