Straight Outta Compton Becomes The Top-Earning Musical Biopic, Ever.

James Brown. Johnny Cash. Ray Charles. Ritchie Valens. The Doors. Buddy Holly. These are just some of the subjects surrounding Hollywood’s musical biopics of the last 25 years. That said, N.W.A. and their biographical depiction in Straight Outta Compton boasts the distinction of being the highest-earning, ever.


In theaters for less than one month, the F. Gary Gray-directed film surrounding the lives and careers of Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella has grossed more than $134 million in just three weeks. According to the International Business Times, this feat beat out Johnny Cash (and June Carter Cash) biopic Walk The Line, which grossed $119 million.

Notably, Straight Outta Compton is built around a cast of relative unknowns, including Ice Cube’s real-life son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Jackson’s father, along with Dre are among the Universal Pictures film’s producers. In celebration of the film, Cube and Dre restored their 28-year on-again, off-again musical collaboration history in “Issues.”

Straight Outta Compton was produced with a reported $28 million budget. The film handed N.W.A. their first Top 40 chart appearance last week, care of the title track, in addition to bringing Eazy-E’s breakthrough to the Top 50 more than 20 years following his death.

Will the box office success of telling N.W.A.’s story lead to more Hip-Hop biopics, such as the discussed Master P film, King Of The South?

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