Straight Outta Compton looks set to end the weekend at top of the box office with at least $56.1 million–so expect a Snoop Dogg big-screen autobiography to start filming soon. Hopefully, it’ll be better than the story of legendary rappers N.W.A. as told in Straight Outta Compton, which is really kind of like a Lifetime movie about rap, and doesn’t even mention how important JJ Fad was to the future of N.W.A., damn it.
Also, there weren’t mass shootings in movie theaters, which sure seemed to be the scenario that the media was hyping when there were all those articles about armed security in the multiplexes. That had to help keep the attendance high, so to speak.
In other news, audiences smartly avoided the dull spy flick The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The film only made $13.5 million to land in a dismal third place behind Mission: Impossible–Rogue Nation. Someone should have reminded the executives at Warners Bros about all the other box-office flops based on 1960s small-screen spy series: The Wild Wild West, I Spy, The Avengers (you know, with Uma Thurman as Emma Peel), and we’re probably forgetting another one.
And there’s some good news for FOX’s terrible Fantastic Four, since it didn’t have the worst second-week drop in the history of superhero movies. That record is still held by 1997’s Steel, starring Shaquille O’Neal and with Judd Nelson as the big villain. Fantastic Four only came close to matching Steel by falling almost 70% from its debut with a miserable $8 million. It looks like we’re back in that time when August is the dumping ground for crappy summer movies–but the surviving members of N.W.A. are having a party.