Jobs movie is a rotten apple at the box office, movie grosses under $7 million on its debut weekend
Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as the Woz, Jobs garnered a aggregate score of 25% from the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. But even with the poor turnout at the theaters, Jobs still could turn a profit since the budget for the movie came in at $12 million. After DVD sales and television rights, the movie should surpass its budget.
Another movie about the late Apple co-founder is in the works, written by Aaron Sorkin and produced by Sony. This film is expected to be in three acts with each act showing Jobs backstage before the introduction of an Apple product including the Apple iPod. Loosely based on the Jobs biography penned by Walter Isaacson, casting has not been announced.
Wozniak's major complaint with the movie seems to be the portrayal of "early" Steve Jobs as having the personality and skills of the later Jobs who apparently was much different during the era that spawned the Apple iPod, Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Woz has said that he wished that the Jobs of the past was more like the man he was in the last few years leading up to his passing.
source: BoxOfficeMojo via AppleInsider
2. GoBears (Posts: 335; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Should have got Charlie Sheen to play him. At least it would have been a funny boring stupid movie.
21. tedkord (Posts: 4504; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That's actually brilliant. Charlie might be the only other person in the world with such a large ego and narcissistic bent.
32. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 114; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Please no....We love Charlie,,,,he is awesome,,,After playing such lame role, he wont be the same...so don't drag him in2 this...
33. GoBears (Posts: 335; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Nah man I agree with you 100%, Charlie is one of my favorite actors of all time. Also one of the funniest. Maybe he can do a spoof of it. Now that I would watch haha.
3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Other sites doesn't pay so much attention to Jobs movie.
61. DaHarder (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Not Even Close... I found it to be pretty made-for-TV amateuristic and far too full of needless 'artistic liberties'... as did a large percentage (75%) of professional movie reviewers as per Flixster.
I went on opening night and there were only about 40 people in the theater (around 10% capacity) and 3 of those viewers walked out before the movie ended, while the majority of the rest just looked bored as they exited the theater.
Looks like movie goers just aren't 'that into' old Steve pr Apple these days.
5. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Who cares, why do people treat the iPhone like its so revolutionary. Its not, just an expensive phone with a small screen and a picture of an apple with a bite of it on the back. I knew this movie would suck.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If it wasn't for the iPhone, the mobile world would be different than what it is now. The iPhone revolutionized the mobile industry in 2007 and that's a fact. As of now, Apple is behind, but for you to say a comment like that is absurd. Learn your facts!
36. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I do give Steve credit for revolutionizing the smartphone. But I don't give Apple credit for keeping up. Apple has allowed Android to become a major force in a short period of time. You can't just be content with how much cash is in the bank and forget that competitors are at your doorstep. No different than what happened to Palm, Microsoft (windows mobile) and Blackberry.
People want choice but Apple is so reluctant to give us that. And Apple's business model is dying. I remember laughing about how silly the word Google sounded to me and now look at them. Once famous athletes start wearing Google Glass it's going to change how sports are done on TV. To see Lebron James dunk on someone in first person view is going to look sick. And where is Apple? In the court room trying to sue Samsung over bouncy effects or rehashing another iPhone 5x in fruity colors. Apple has no real ideas left.
43. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
No, it maybe Evolutionized it a bit, but the industry was already going to touchscreen-based smartphones, and a number of touchscreen phones and devices had been on the market long before the iphone, and the iphone wouldn't have been much of anything if they hadn't blatantly stolen others' tech, one of the reasons it was made in China, a haven for copycats. It was well-marketed, yes, but hardly revolutionary. Remember, "revolutionary" doesn't mean same, copied, or even different, it means a complete turn from the norm or direction of the subject, such as the Revolutionary War, a revolt by the American colonies against the British empire, or Henry Ford making his cars affordable to almost all working adults when the norm had been for cars to be exclusively for the rich, as a replacement for their traditional horse-and-carriage, or the cotton gin, which turned the industry of labor-intensive effort into a machine-based one requiring far fewer laborers, or the idea of interchangeable parts, in an industry where everything was custom-made and if it broke had to be specially repaired or expensively replaced. Etc., etc.,
45. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Really, apple is a marketing company that sells overpriced tech to folks easily susceptible to falsehoods and half-truths. Did they invent the mp3 player or produce the forst one? No, but their brainwashing and flooding the airwaves makes you want to believe so. Did they invent the smartphone or make the first one, or make the forst app store, or smartphone camera, or offer video calling, or have a high-red display? No, but that's what they want people to believe. Did they make the first "ultra-thin" laptop? No, they made one, put it in an envelope, and advertised the heck out of it with catchy music. Do their computers never get malware, crash, freeze, or need repairs and updates? No, but again, they want you to think that. Do you need an apple device to run the best video and graphics programs on the market, and have the best experience with them? Nope, not for almost two decades.
41. Bigg6987 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
As an avid Android fan, not fanboy though, I disagree with your comment. Well, sort of. The iPhone isn't revolutionary ANYMORE. However, when it first came out, all the other companies had to step up. There weren't touchscreen phones really before the iPhone. You couldn't really download apps from a store. I mean, a few from BlackBerry and Palm, but nothing like when the iPhone came out. Wouldn't buy an iPhone, but I'm thankful they were created
53. bsims85 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
There were quite a few touchscreen phones before the iphone was released. The iPhone removed the need for a stylus and optimized the user experience. It was a fairly drastic evolution, but I wouldnt call it a revolution. Had we gone straight from flip phones to the iPhone, then I wouldve called it a revolution.
62. stopresisting (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
I owned a Palm Treo 600>Palm Treo 650>HTC Mogul...all touch screen smartphones long before apple conceived the iphone. What Apple did was make everyone step up their game and pushed the smart phone to the next level, and the reason why I am delighted to have a Galaxy Note 2 today.
7. amancarlos (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 May 2012)
if the movie was not better than 'Pirates of the Silicon Valley', then there is not much to look forward to in this movie. i would wait for a free copy.
48. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
+1 One of the best movies i've watch.. Pirates of the Silicon Valley
I would rather watch if they remake another story like that..
8. darkkjedii (Posts: 10528; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not something I'd want to go see, Star Wars episode 7 is though.
9. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I enjoyed the movie immensely. It was very insightful, it was funny at times, it was sad at times, although it was a bit confusing. Some of the scenes were unrealistic but then that was probably due to the guy they got to play the part, I didn't think he was very interesting. It wasn't my first choice this weekend I really wanted to see The Butler movie but it was sold out, and so was We're the Millers and Kick 2 - I'm not really into Matt damon movies so that Asylum movie was out. But at least I saw something.
13. JunitoNH (Posts: 864; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Reason Movie Bombed:
1. Most people don't know or cared who Jobs was
2. Horrible actor portraying him
3. based on lies or half truths
4. Didn't consult with living co-founder
5. This should had been a HBO or Tv movie
6. Was not a "loved" human being
15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Did you just say many didn't know who Steve Jobs was? Everyone knew who he was... Everyone who has lived through the 90's at least.
35. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Mainly because nobody cared that much about Jobs, most people buy their iPhone and couldn't care less about the former CEO.
The movie was a cute idea but I don't really think Steve deserved his own movie.
50. leolzn (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
Yeah I wouldn't watch that movie at the theater, I prefer waiting for it to be on redbox.
16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7719; Member since: 14 May 2012)
No offense to the movie, but I wouldn't spend $10 to watch it. I'd be more than happy to pay $1.25 on RedBox when it releases or wait a year and watch it for free on HBO.
Just goes to show how powerful Woz's words are.
18. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
"IF" i was interested, I would rather watch a TV documenatry on facts regarding the company and a little about his life, not a dramatisation of his life..... Most techies and into facts, specs and function, not drama and BS.
24. AfterShock (Posts: 2629; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
This would have been laughable at best for myself.
I'll gladly pass as I didn't care for the man, his actions, his products or predatory litigation.
25. AfterShock (Posts: 2629; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Actually, technology as a whole in mobile is better off with him passing on.
IMO but bet many agree.
26. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
movie isn't that good to watch in theaters. better to rent it or watch at home.
37. ilia1986 (unregistered)
As someone who has read the official biography by walter isaacson, and briefly saw the trailer - this is definitely not the steve jobs as he actually was back then.
38. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
The studio will make money. They'll re-release the movie next year with higher resolution or taller screen and the same folks who went and saw it will see it again. They'll call it JobsS. Classic apple "strategery".
40. Bigg6987 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I mean no disrespect to the deceased. I'm sure Jobs was a fine person. What is so interesting about a computer maker that they should have a movie made about their life? Especially one with a popular actor in the lead role. I can't say that I'm terribly surprised the movie hasn't done well. I hope Bill Gates outlives me. His movie would have to be the most boring ever
46. JMartin22 (Posts: 759; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
That's because average people don't know who he really is. Just like with any CEO. He may have been high profile in a tech community, but he was still just an another executive average people didn't pay attention. They overestimated the hype and money making machine
51. Cod3rror (Posts: 58; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
If you want a good movie, watch
Pirates of Silicon Valley
If you want a good documentary, watch
Triumph of the Nerds
56. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
And the movie have better actors.
54. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)
Nah, I wouldn't even bother to download that movie from torrent either.
55. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6241; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Lol and u wasted your money by watching this horrible film by a horrible actor. Just because it have Steve jobs name on it doesn't mean the movie won't be #1. Anyone watch KICK A$$ on Friday?
57. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1201; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Waiting for Gates movie if there's any planned!
59. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
Ashton is a horrible actor... the movie was good but not enough to recommend. Woz deserved more credit in the film.
60. toiletcleaner (Posts: 183; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
I went to watch the movie last friday and what i saw was a a$$$ Steve Job, I went to ask for a refund, and I got it, I told the lady that what I saw is not what i paid for. they give me a free ticket for another movie, Wolverine works more than what i paid for Steve Jobs movie. is not the actor, is the movie. the movie $uck bad, I would like to see a movie of Steve wozniak the real father of the apple computer.