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'Straight Outta Compton' tops the charts with $60.2 million

Monday August 17th, 2015

"Straight Outta Compton" went to the top of the charts this weekend with one of the biggest surprises of the summer box office.

The debut of the Universal biopic made $60.2 million at the U.S. box office -- more than doubling its production budget of $29 million. Earlier estimates on Sunday put the figure at $56.1 million.

The film, which tells the origins of the influential rap group N.W.A. against the backdrop of 1980s Los Angeles, exceeded expectations. It was originally projected to bring in closer to $25 million for its debut.

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