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Straight past $100 million? 'Compton' looking forward to banner weekend

Straight past $100 million? 'Compton' looking forward to banner weekend
"Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise of the Compton rap group N.W.A, continues to top the box office charts. Seen here, from left: Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube. (Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures)

In its second week in theaters, "Straight Outta Compton" is once again blowing away the rest of the late-summer movie pack. The Universal picture is set to surpass the $100 million mark this weekend, as the biopic about groundbreaking Compton rap act N.W.A continues to attract moviegoers and social media heat.

The film raked in an estimated $8.3 million on Friday, putting its U.S. box office total at $93 million. In addition, Universal added more than 200 screens for the weekend — "Compton" is now on view at more than 3,000 theaters — which should easily put the hip-hop movie well above $100 million by Monday. The film is projected to rake in nearly $30 million over the weekend.

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In its second week, "Compton" has far better box office than a number of new films that opened this weekend. Among them: Focus Features horror flick "Sinister 2," which came in second for Friday, with an estimated $4.7 million in box office receipts, and Fox's "Hitman: Agent 47," which drew $3 million.

"American Ultra," Lionsgate's critically panned stoner-action flick, was not well received by moviegoers. It opened with a paltry $2.1 million take, coming in at No. 6 at the Friday box office.

Tom Cruise's franchise action movie, "Mission: Impossible — Rogue," continues to draw audiences three weeks after its initial release. It came in at No. 3 with $3.3 million, bringing total box office for the Paramount picture to nearly $150 million.

The week's other big franchise movie continues its prolonged wilt. Fox's "Fantastic Four" made only $1 million on Friday, for a total box office take of $47 million.

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