LAPD protests release of Straight Outta Compton as biopic bags $56m opening weekend
Straight Outta Compton has bagged a tidy $56.1m opening weekend in the US despite protests by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Director F Gary Gray's film, released by Universal, is a biopic of hip hop group NWA and has scored the biggest opening ever for a musical biopic, far exceeding the studio's expectations.
However, the LAPD is unhappy with how the force is portrayed in the film and have protested its release.
Speaking to TMZ, Police Protective League leader Dennis Zine said the movie portrays police as “beating machines.”
He added, “It’s a terrible time to release a movie like this. It adds fuel to the fire for hating cops.”
Other police officers told TMZ that they believe Universal is "putting profits above the safety of the officers who make L.A. safe."
The film charts the rise of the group in 1988 with the release of their controversial debut album Straight Outta Compton which depicted the brutality of life in Southern Los Angeles.
The Hollywood Reporter is tipping the film for an Oscar following a favourable screening for Academy members which drew a large crowd and positive response.