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'Straight Outta Compton': Four thoughts on its box office success

'Straight Outta Compton': Four thoughts on its box office success

The success of “Straight Outta Compton” — officially at a $60.2 million opening weekend as of Monday morning — is the kind of movie that inspires a lot of post-release dissection. The idea of a “surprise” hit is a bit of a misperception: Pre-release tracking was strong, the built-in audience was big and the movie was well-marketed and –reviewed. Still, as with any hit, there are some inferences to be made from its success. Here are a few: August debuts. There should have been little doubt after “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened at the beginning of August last year and dominated for weeks, climbing all the way to No. 3 on the...

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