F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton has been doing major numbers, which comes as no surprise. A long-awaited and highly-anticipated biopic about the World’s Most Dangerous group a.k.a. N.W.A., is a big deal – especially when the group’s founding members worked closely on the film, making the cinematic experience even more authentic.
After leading both the U.S. and Canadian box office, raking in an estimated $157.5 million, Gray has officially become the highest-grossing black director of a single film in domestic sales, according to Forbes. Gray beat out both Tim Story’s Fantastic Four, which earned $154.6 million back in 2005 and Keenen Ivory Wayans’s Scary Movie, which brought in $157 in 2000.
However, Straight Outta Compton’s international box office success doesn’t quite measure up to either of the aforementioned film’s international box office million’s. With $24.9 million in foreign ticket sales, Scary Movie’s $121 and Fantastic Four’s $175.8. Even still, Straight Outta Compton’s dominated the domestic lane, and brought a much needed hip-hop film to the forefront.