Straight Outta Compton has officially become the highest-grossing film by a Black director. The F. Gary Gray directed NWA biopic, which is currently at the center of a massive lawsuit from former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller, has accumulated a box office total of over 200 million since its August 2015 release.
The previous record holder, held by Keenan Ivory Wayans’ Scary Movie, grossed a total of over 157 million.
Straight Outta Compton slayed from the very beginning with an unprecedented three-week run at the top of the box office. Thanks to the film’s success, F. Gary Gray landed himself the prestigious gig of directing Furious 8. With Furious 7 becoming Universal’s first film to cross the $1 billion mark, Furious 8 is on a trajectory to meet, if not beat, that benchmark. Should the seventh sequel in the Fast And Furious franchise live up to its escalating history, then Gray will find himself in yet another position of blockbuster distinction.
Thinking ahead, Straight Outta Compton’s DVD sales should make for yet another record breaking spectacular.