Chalk it up to the resonance of the film’s depiction of police brutality, the success of its viral marketing campaign, the controversy surrounding the omission of Dr. Dre’s violence against women, or something else entirely, but “Straight Outta Compton” is riding a verifiable wave of critical and commerical success. In the process, the N.W.A. biopic has set the record for highest-grossing music biopic of all time.
“Straight Outta Compton” has sat at the top of the box office charts for nearly three weeks, grossing $134 million in domestic sales. This puts the movie ahead of Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” ($119 million) and the Ray Charles dramatization “Ray” ($75 million) as the movie about real-life musicians that made the most money.