Straight Outta Compton Becomes Highest Grossest Film By Black Director
“Straight Outta Compton” has made friends and enemies with its successful box office run, and now it’s about to make history. With the current international grosses estimated to hit $38.9 million as of the end of today, it’s officially become the highest grossing film directed by an African American director.
The $161.1 million domestic total for the F. Gary Gray directed biopic went a long way towards breaking the previous record of “Scary Movie,” which grossed $157 million domestically. Telling the story of the formation, and eventual break up, of N.W.A. – “Straight Outta Compton” has had a hell of a run at the box office ever since its premiere this past August. Racking up the fifth highest August opening, as well as an impressive three weekends at the top of the box office, are also huge feathers in the cap of the film’s director – especially considering the path he’s taken to get there.
For this honor to belong to F. Gary Gray is a pretty fitting achievement, further enriching a career as one of the most influential – as well as one of the most successful – African American directors to work in Hollywood.
To his credit, Gray made his debut in feature film directing with “Friday” back in 1995, and went on to direct such hits as “The Negotiator,” “The Italian Job,” and most recently “Law Abiding Citizen.” With “Straight Outta Compton” landing him his biggest success yet, and The Hollywood Reporter reminding us of “Furious 7″‘s brilliant billion dollar run, Gray won’t be celebrating for long as he’s setting himself up to break the record yet again.
Congrats to F. Gary Gray on the historic achievement!