ATLANTA, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – CNN was in full standby mode last weekend, with camera crews and news anchors ready to hit the airwaves at the first sign of violence on opening night of the movie, “Straight Outta Compton.”
The film tells the story of the group N.W.A., a group from Compton, California that was highly influential in the early days of hip-hop, and included several members that are still famous today, including Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who also produced the film.
It turned out to be a huge disappointment for CNN as it reported on Monday that there wasn’t violence at movie theaters during the opening weekend of the film.
CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield began the news segment by saying, “Some movie theaters were worried about violence when Straight Outta Compton hit the screen. Instead, it only led to longer lines, ticket lines and some big money, too.”
The film earned $56.1 million on opening weekend, a record for an R-rated film.
Banfield then brought on CNN law enforcement analyst Cedric Alexander to discuss the reaction to the film and to try to make sense of the non-violence that greeted the film’s opening weekend.
All week last week, CNN was reporting that movie theaters were employing extra security while local police were being deployed to quell any riots that might ensue as a result of the film.
The uneventful weekend was another missed opportunity for CNN to do what it does best: sensationalized reporting and news analysis.