5 Reasons ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Shot Down Box-Office Records

Straight Outta Compton,” the biopic about iconic rap group N.W.A, connected with mainstream moviegoers as much as hip-hop music fans this weekend at the box office, fueling a $56.1 million debut, the best ever for an R-rated film in August.

The extent to which the film directed by F. Gary Gray reached across ethnic and gender lines surprised industry analysts who, basing their projections on other rap-themed movies that played almost exclusively to their fan base, predicted an opening...

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