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Apr 12, 2001

As the first full weekend in theaters for Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film comes to a close, early box office results have been disappointing, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Estimates put the film's take at $7.3 million from nearly 2,500 theaters, well below expectations and only good enough for seventh place on the weekend.

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in 'Steve Jobs'
Those backing Steve Jobs had wanted to land somewhere in the teens, but are counting on a long run throughout awards season (an A- CinemaScore should help word of mouth). Jobs is over-indexing in upscale theaters in major cities, including the Bay Area -- home of Apple -- but falling flat in Middle America. Two weekends ago, the $30 million movie scored the top location average of the year to date when opening in New York and Los Angeles. Through Sunday, its domestic total is $10 million.

"We're going to redouble our efforts to support these markets," said Universal domestic distribution chief Nic Carpou. "It's working great in these theaters now, and we want to make sure it continues to do so."
The film has generally received a positive reception from critics, particularly for Michael Fassbender's portrayal of Jobs. Those more familiar with Jobs' history and those closest to him have, however, been less satisfied with the film, in many cases taking issue with the way Jobs is portrayed and some of the artistic license that deviates significantly from actual events.

Article Link: 'Steve Jobs' Disappoints in First Full Weekend With 7th-Place Box Office Showing
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macrumors 68040
May 9, 2006
I'm not sure accuracy has anything to do with it. I just don't think most people are interested in a film about Steve Jobs period. While there is some interest in die-hard fans like people on this site, there isn't much there to entice somebody to go see it in a movie theatre.


macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
I'm a pretty big Apple fan, but even I decided to hold off after reading the reviews. However, it seems like a good rental. I'll hold off my official judgement until I actual see it, but it just doesn't sound like they did a good job capturing his essence in this film.

I'm not sure why they decided to go personal with his daughter. You'd think that aspect of his life would have the least outside knowledge to draw from, and quite frankly his widow's strong objections to it kinda turn me off.

Aren't there more interesting stories to be told about his life? His time in India? Pixar? The iPhone era, the notion of him redeeming himself to a certain extent during the iPhone era and kick starting the always connected, extremely capable and buttery smooth computer in your pocket revolution? His dealing with his illness and possibly worrying about his legacy? His relationship with Jony and Tim?

Maybe some of those details are also sparse. He was a fairly private man. But still, I'd like to get a more complete picture. I want to see some insight into his passion. Where he draws it from. How did he become so visionary? Or is that even answerable? Something like that will probably take many more years as additional information is gathered and books are written. So yeah, I'll rent this for now and hope something more complete comes out in the future.


macrumors newbie
Sep 8, 2014
Diehard Apple fans essentially boycotting it while casual viewers aren't interested. So Steve Balmer aside, who else would actually go watch this?

People who actually care about film as an art form.

I mean, it's critically-acclaimed and there is plenty of oscar-buzz surrounding this movie. I really don't understand the hatred here. The film has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.


macrumors member
May 6, 2010
I saw it Friday and thought it was fantastic. Definitely a dramatization of certain time periods of Jobs' life. As with all other films "based on a true story", the true realities are going to be little nuggets here and there, not every action or line of dialogue.

I found myself wanting the film's structure to linger longer before moving on to the next time period. An elderly couple sitting next to me came in four or five minutes after the film started. When it finished they asked if they had missed much at the beginning, as if to say, "Wow, that seemed short". I agree. There could have been 15 more minutes and no one would have known the difference. Sorkin's writing and Boyle's direction did a great job intertwining present and past at each stage of Job's life while maintaining a balance that keeps the audience from getting confused, something that tends to happen in Sorkin's writing. You just miss what's being said because of the speed. Sorkin's tracking shots were also at a minimum and well placed. Only once did I think, "There's West Wing".

Again, a great film overall and I would see it again with a friend.


macrumors 6502
Apr 14, 2006
I'm not too surprised. Apple fans are used to shelling money out each year for rehashed products but regular people are tired of movies about Steve Jobs. People just need to let him RIP and stop trying to pretend that these movies are anything more than a cash grab.


macrumors 65816
Mar 9, 2009
People are going to hate me for saying this, but it's the truth. It tanked because it's rated R. This type of film should have the same target market as films like The Social Network. If they would have left out the F-bombs, it would have made more money this first weekend. Just sayin'....
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