"Steve Jobs" flops, producing just $7.3 million in U.S. box-office receipts on its opening weekend

Despite early talk about "Steve Jobs" getting nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, it appears that the American public really isn't interested in the life of the Apple co-founder and CEO. The movie, which stars Michael Fassbender in the title role, is the second major biopic released about the Apple co-founder in the last two years. The first film, "Jobs", starred Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, and failed miserably at the box office.

Universal had high hopes for "Steve Jobs" since it was written by Aaron Sorkin, who had penned the huge hit "The Social Network," about the creation of Facebook. But "Steve Jobs" took in just $7.3 million for its nation-wide opening weekend. Back in 2013, Jobs earned $6.7 million for its opening weekend. "Steve Jobs" finished in seventh place in the states from Friday through Sunday, even though early predictions called for it to finish on top.

Recently, it was revealed that Lauren Jobs, Steve's widow, had tried to prevent the film from being made, and reportedly called actors like Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio, asking them to turn down the opportunity to portray her husband on the silver screen. Meanwhile, the documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine might still be playing at some theaters. With the use of  real-life news clips and interviews, this film takes a darker look at Jobs' life, which sadly ended on October 5th, 2011, when he succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

As we've noted, both of the major releases focused on events in Jobs' life that took place well before the unveiling of the iPhone. Considering that the Apple-branded smartphone is the one product that many people associate with him, the failure of these films to explore this time in Jobs' life could explain their poor performance at the box office.

source: BusinessInsider



1. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I guess there is no point flogging a dead horse.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I guess people are going to make movies about Jobs until one of them hits. Truth is, there are too many movies about Jobs, it feels like a fictional story. Too bad for Michael, he's a good actor.

60. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

It doesn't just feel fictional, it is about 85% fiction. Kind of annoying given that it claims to be based on the Isaacson bio.

51. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahaha its like i said a flop no one wants to see a movie about him and most iphone people dont even know anything about him this just hurts apple showing how much a d he was and that he invented nothing but stole.

58. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I thought the movie was looking good, but I think it is simply a matter of "too soon" since we just had the Jobs movie like 2 years ago and people need some time to move on, and let the story linger a bit. That plus the lack of Iphone probably hurts, it's about the Mac and Ipod instead, which were important products but most Apple fans these days don't own either of those.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I just don't get all these films about Jobs. For Pete's sake, the guy was just an entrepeneur! All that he did was fine products, no one's life was changed by him, except his, of course, who became deservedly rich. Just move along, there is nothing to see here and he's dead.

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Tends to happen when the main actor looks nothing like the guy he is trying to duplicate. Noah Wyle from Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) was a great Steve Jobs. And even Ashton Kutcher looked like a decent Steve Jobs but the movie sucked. Just let Steve Jobs rest in peace. The guy has been dead for only 4 years and we already have 2 full blown movies, books and biographies. Enough is enough!

4. TypicalGeek

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Just goes to show that people like fiction because dream keeps people going. Realized product is the past and if you still enjoy it, you're stuck in the past. Don't have to cry about biography being a flop.

5. middlehead

Posts: 463; Member since: May 12, 2014

Good. Sucks for Fassbender, but Jobs didn't deserve a movie anyway.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Well most of kids and teenagers know Jobs because of the iPhone, None of those movies touch it. Pretty sure lots of the young ones would like to see that story, how the iPhone came out, who thought about it, bla bla bla. Add few explosions and some zombies and you got a success.

31. Rager722 unregistered


7. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Somewhat unrelated, but I believe late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata deserves a biopic more than Jobs deserved a second one.

26. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apparently the Apple sheep market is larger than the entire gaming market.

55. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I 2nd that

8. discharge unregistered

Gee didn't surprise me at all!! But Tim Cook and Apple soon to follow!! LMFWAO

10. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

i will watch if the movie is on Bill gates who is a humanitarian and philanthropist

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

He is also a corporate man that rise to the top by eliminating competition with questionable means.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly! His post was meant to diss Jobs, but Gates is no saint either. Here's the real: Jobs did what he did, and is dead now. None of these dumb ass posts have any effect on that.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But Gates wasn't a dead beat dad douchebag a $$hole like Jobs was. He was a snobbish, errogant, pompus, deadbeat daddy, dick head boss and a terrible friend He hate losing, he hated when partners decided to compete. But karma did come around and bit him in the @$$ good. Gates is a nice guy, but he was bad too. Not as bad as Jobs, but bad enough. I wouldn't want to really see a movie. A documentary was better. But I would love to hear Gates side of the Apple Story, the Microsoft story and why he chose Belinda.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No one makes money about Steve Jobs.

20. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Was about to write the same :P

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn! I didn't even know it'd opened. Oh well, I picked up advance tickets for episode 7 for the wife and I, so it's all good.

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hell yeah. Episode 7. Can't wait for that. My 6s Plus will be here tomorrow too. Most anticipated movie of the year and phone of the tear too.

24. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Ouch, if the phone is going to make you sad to the point of tears, maybe you should return it? Haha! I'm sure you meant to say "year", correct?

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're all set bro, enjoy both gems.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Despite early talk about "Steve Jobs" getting nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, it appears that the American public really isn't interested in the life of the Apple co-founder and CEO." The thing about that tho is there have been plenty of movies that didnt do good at the box office that won awards. This is nothing new. And it could win an Academy and be nothing new.

35. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

most academy award winners have been flops at the box office lately

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good point. True words.

28. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Idiot authors. It wasn't a nation wide release. Only like 50 theatres or some sh*t.

30. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Could be worse. You could crash or burn worse than 'We Are Your Friends,' that s--- got 1.8M in chump change and ruined EDM for everybody...

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