Wednesday 16 October 2019

US moviegoers surprised to find theatres employed extra security for Straight Outta Compton screenings

Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Movie theatres in the US reportedly hired extra security as they feared violence would erupt at opening weekend screenings of Straight Outta Compton.

The film, a biopic of rap group NWA, had a whopper opening weekend domestically, bagging $56.1m and scoring the biggest opening ever for a music biopic.

Over the weekend movie goers reported seeing extra security and police in the lobbies and theatres screening the film.

Directed by F Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton charts the rise of NWA in California in 1988 with the release of their controversial debut album Straight Outta Compton.

The album depicted the brutality of life in Southern Los Angeles including crime, anti-police sentiments, and violence.

The film prompted a negative response from the LAPD who were unhappy with how police are portrayed in the film.

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.”

Given the heightened racial tension across the US, theatres anticipated violence.  However, there were no reported incidents of violence, according to CNN. 

LAPD protests release of Straight Outta Compton as biopic bags $56m opening weekend

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