“Straight Outta Compton” had a smash opening weekend — making just over $60 million despite costing only $29 million to produce. But not a dime in Compton.
That’s because the city of nearly 100,000 has no movie theaters.
CBS Los Angeles, which first noted that factoid, quoted USC sociology professor Manuel Pastor as saying: “It’s a low income area; it’s been heavily dis-invested in. When you live in a community that doesn’t have that kind of retail, it’s a sign that the community is devalued and people within the community feel devalued.”
The gangsta rap film’s receipts set a valued record for the month, however.
“That number ranks as the fifth-biggest August opening in history and the biggest debut for an R-rated film during the month,” Variety reported.
A movie theater may be in Compton’s future, though. “Developers are talking about bringing an entertainment district to the city, including a 16-screen cinema,” CBS noted.
Meanwhile, social media mocked fears that “Outta” would being violence.
CNN surprised to learn hip-hop film didn’t result in mass violence http://t.co/ElDCYWhyPo pic.twitter.com/ti2ntM2bDx
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) August 17, 2015
CNN are flabbergasted that black people queued in an orderly fashion to see Straight Outta Compton. Headline fail. pic.twitter.com/TtRJ7OCdfT
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) August 18, 2015
Coming up on #TYTlive: Cops are now racially profiling movies. http://t.co/u98CIqr1ma
— The Young Turks (@TheYoungTurks) August 18, 2015