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Straight Outta Compton has remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend after making its debut last week.

The NWA biopic, produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, took an estimated $26.8 million, bringing its running total to over $111.5 million.

The movie’s continued success comes in the wake of Dr. Dre saying he was sorry in a recent interview to women he has “hurt”.

A number of women have claimed the record producer and rapper was violent towards them in the past.Straight Outta Compton tops US box office

In other box office news, it was a second week at No 2 for Tom Cruise with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which took $11.7 million in its fourth week of release.

Low-budget horror sequel Sinister 2 was the highest new entry, with an estimated $10.6 million.

Hitman: Agent 47, an adaptation of the popular video game, could only manage $8.2 million, while action comedy American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, only took $5.5 million.

North American box office Top ten:

  1. Straight Outta Compton – $26.8 million
  2. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – $11.7 million
  3. Sinister 2 – $10.6 million
  4. Hitman: Agent 47 – $8.2 million
  5. Man from U.N.C.L.E – $7.4 million
  6. American Ultra – $5.5 million
  7. The Gift – $4.3 million
  8. Ant-Man – $4.1 million
  9. Minions -$3.7 million
  10. Fantastic Four – $3.65 million


Dr. Dre, whose life is chronicled in the recently released movie Straight Outta Compton, has apologized to the women he has “hurt”.

The 50-year-old record producer and rapper, real name Andre Romelle Young, has not given a specific reason for the apology.

In comments published on the New York Times website Dr. Dre said: “I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

A number of women have claimed that Dr. Dre has been violent towards them in the past.

He pleaded no contest to charges of criminal battery after a journalist, Dee Barnes, accused him of attacking her in 1991.

In the last week Dee Barnes has published a story about the assault.

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Michel’le, a former girlfriend of the musician, also accuses him of violence.

In his statement, Dr. Dre said that at the start of the 1990s, he was “a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life.

“However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way.

“I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”

Straight Outta Compton, which is about the early years of Dr. Dre’s rap group NWA, has been a hit at the US box office.

Critics have accused the filmmakers of shying away from mentioning what happened with Dee Barnes, or from talking about any of the other accusations of Dr. Dre being violent.

Apple has also released a statement about Dr. Dre. The tech giant became associated with him after buying the company he started, Beats, for $3 billion in 2014.

“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago,” the statement said.

“We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”


Straight Outta Compton debuted at the top of the North American box office this weekend, with takings of $56.1 million.

The NWA biopic, produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, was expected to make around half that figure, having cost $29 million to make.

Exit polls showed audiences were evenly divided between genders, while 46% were African-American and 23% white.

Dr. Dre’s soundtrack, Compton, is also top of the US album charts.Straight Outta Compton movie

The album is his first studio record in 16 years.

Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., plays his father in the movie which tells the story of the band’s rise to fame and takes its title from their debut album, released in 1988.

The other big new film release, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., took just $13.5 million over the weekend, entering the chart at number three.

“I was hoping for a little higher number, quite frankly,” said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

The movie was directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a pair of American and Russian agents during the Cold War-era.

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took $17 million, falling into second spot.

Fox’s Fantastic Four fell two places with $8 million to take the fourth place spot, while The Gift was fifth with $6.5 million.

North American box office top ten:

  1. Straight Outta Compton – $56.1 million
  2. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – $17 million
  3. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – $13.5 million
  4. Fantastic Four – $8 million
  5. The Gift – $6.5 million
  6. Ant-Man – $5.5 million
  7. Vacation – $5.3 million
  8. Minions – $5.2 million
  9. Ricki and the Flash – $4.6 million
  10. Trainwreck – $3.8 million