‘Straight Outta Compton’ Helps Universal Top Domestic Box Office Record

Universal owes the members of N.W.A. a thank you card, because the rappers’ lives have helped the studio reach a new domestic box office record.

The studio celebrated crossing the $2 billion mark at the North American box office on Saturday in record time, thanks to the unexpected explosion of biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which grossed $24.2 million on Friday, and is headed toward a $55 million weekend.

Universal will overtake the speed record previously set by Warner Bros.,...

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