Comptonsteamrolledits initial $40M-$50M projections
this weekend with a $60.2M opening, easily making it the fifth-highest August
opener ever. Rival distributors always knew that the F. Gary Gray directed-film
was going to overperform; it was a similar vibe they had during the weekend
that American Sniperwent wide.
Even more impressive, the musical biopic about
hip hop group N.W.A. posted a FSS in tentpole territory, pegging ahead of such
August openings like M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs($60.1M), Rise
of the Planet of the Apes($54.8M)G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra ($54.7M).
Compton‘s weekend also outstrips the first weekends of such 2015 summer
tentpoles asAnt-Man ($57.2M)andMission:
Impossible – Rogue Nation ($55.5M) which were playing in close to 1,200
morevenues than the biopic’s 2,757-theater count.