All Eyez On Me, the long awaited biopic on late hip hop artist Tupac Shakur, hits Blu-ray and DVD September 5 via Lionsgate. The project features Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the titular character with The Vampire Diaries’Kat Grahamplaying Jada Pinkett Smith, Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G. and Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight. Woolard previously played Notorious B.I.G. in the 2008 feature Notorious.
Shipp Jr., who bears a striking resemblance to Tupac, was a neophyte to acting before taking on the lead role of All Eyez On Me. Click on the media bar below to hear the actor talk about the extensive research he did for the role:
Special features include deleted scenes and four featurettes (“Legends Never Die: The Making of All Eyes On Me,” “Becoming Tupac,” “All Eyez On Me Conversations), and the Demetrius Shipp Jr. audition.
Transformers: The Last Knight was the #1 film over the weekend but unfortunately the film made just $45.3 million. Its five day domestic haul was a franchise low $69.1 million, but thankfully its international take is at $196 million. Coming in second was Cars 3 with $25.1 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1.Transformers: The Last Knight – Could a lackluster domestic opening signal the death knell of the franchise? $45.3 million
2. Cars 3 – $25.1 million
3. Wonder Woman – The flick has grossed over $650 million worldwide. This weekend it makes $25.1 million
4. 47 Meters Down – Mandy Moore shark film makes $7.4 million
5. All Eyez On Me – $5.85 million
6. The Mummy – Tom Cruise misfire makes $5.8 million and domestically it has yet to reach the $100 million mark (it’s at $68 million).
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $5.2 million
8. Rough Night – Scarlett Johansson comedy collects $4.7 million. Domestically, the movie has made just$16.6 million.
9. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $4.3 million
More than two decades after his death, Tupac Shakur remains a revered figure in hip-hop, as evidenced by the strong opening of the biopic All Eyez On Me at the box office. His music continues to reach new generations; in 2014, 18 years after its release, the album All Eyez On Me earned Diamond status, indicating sales of 10 million copies. Demetrius Shipp Jr., who plays Shakur in the movie, told us why he thinks the rapper’s music remains relevant today.
Cars 3 had an excellent box office debut with a $53.5 million opening besting Wonder Womanwhich still had an amazing #2 outing with $40.8 million. The Tupac Shakur drama All Eyez On Me also had a solid weekend with a #3 finish ($27.1 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Cars 3 – $53.5 million
2. Wonder Woman – Another great weekend with $40,8 million and to date it’s amassed over $275 million domestically.
3. All Eyez On Me – Featuring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, the flick made $27.1 million in its opening weekend.
4. The Mummy – With just $13.9 million, this flick is one of Tom Cruise’s biggest box office disappointments.
5. 47 Meters Down – $11.5 million
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – To date the flick has made $150.1 million domestically. This weekend it takes in $8.5 million
7. Rough Night – $8.1 million
8. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $7.4 million
Kat Graham, who plays Jada Pinkett in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, actually became aware of the late hip hop artist through his poetry. Acting since she was 5, Graham was asked during a class to bring a book of monologues, and her choice was Shakur’s book The Rose That Grew From Concrete.
“I just remember being inspired by his poetry,” said Graham, a singer who’s also known for her work in The Vampire Diaries. “And I knew he was a rap artist but I didn’t really listen to his (music) until I was 13 (or) 14? And then at that point I was really getting into music and I was deejaying a lot of hip hop like Digable Planets and the Wu-Tang Clan so I was playing a lot of ‘Pac as this 14-year-old tomboy, deejay wannabe, beatmaker/producer. And no it doesn’t seem like it now, but trust I’m more like her than this.”
Click on the media bar to hear Graham talk about what makes Tupac a transcendent artist:
All Eyez On Me, featuring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur, hits theaters June 16.