'Steve Jobs' Movie Pulled From Over 2,000 Theaters After Flopping at Box Office

The new Steve Jobs film faced another disappointing box office performance this past weekend, with the Danny Boyle-directed movie dropping more than 69 percent in profit from the previous weekend to a $823,000 weekend gross. Most surprising, however, is the movie's removal from 2,072 theaters across the country in one single weekend, after initially premiering in 2,411 just over three weeks ago (via Cult of Mac).

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When the film was in limited release and preparing to go wide on October 23, the projections for its debut box office weekend were between $15 and $19 million. According to Box Office Mojo, to date, the overall lifetime gross of Steve Jobs is just hitting the projections for its opening weekend: $16,684,073. In the two weeks the movie was in a limited run in Los Angeles and New York, it displayed impressive numbers, earning the fifteenth spot as the highest grossing per-theater average film in movie history.

Unfortunately, when Steve Jobs debuted wide, it earned only the 7th spot at the weekend box office with about a $7.3 million take in its first three days. The disappointment of the film's performance is in direct contradiction to a bevy of positive reviews, even ones that hinted at Oscar nominations for Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet over a month before the movie released.

Currently, Steve Jobs sits at 85 percent on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with a total of 156 positive reviews to 27 negative. With the holiday movie season kicking into gear after a slow October at the box office, it seems that Universal has ditched its initial plan of a word-of-mouth build-up for the movie. If Oscar talk continues for its stars, there's a possibility it could return to a few more theaters closer to the awards show.



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14 months ago
Can't say I'm surprised. I never understood who the target market for this movie was.
Rating: 42 Votes
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14 months ago

I won't watch it because people who knew Steve think that it's not good and doesn't do him justice.

Or you could think for yourself.
Rating: 32 Votes
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14 months ago
The biggest problem was how they rolled out the film. Lots of people had heard about it many weeks ago, and wanted to see it, but it wasn't at their local theatre. Then when it finally was, the hype had already died. What a screw up, it was a good movie.
Rating: 21 Votes
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14 months ago
The Ashton Kutcher one was better.
Rating: 15 Votes
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14 months ago

Straight to DVD.

Sorry, iTunes.


DVD? Try Netflix.
I'm not sure what the big fuzz is all about, to me this is mostly overrated. The only time I have seen any news about this movie is on macrumors. And personally I have no desire to watch this movie...
Rating: 15 Votes
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14 months ago
James Bond killed it
Rating: 13 Votes
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14 months ago
Straight to DVD.

Sorry, iTunes.
Rating: 12 Votes
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14 months ago
We all still remember Steve Jobs and it's becoming clear this film is a complete misrepresentation of his life story. While I think they captured the character Steve Jobs, the glaring inaccuracies really hurt the reviews.
Rating: 10 Votes
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14 months ago

I won't watch it because people who knew Steve think that it's not good and doesn't do him justice.

Those people didn't actually see the movie, Tim Cook criticised it until he got a screening of the film and then immediately shut up about it.
Rating: 10 Votes
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14 months ago
I liked the movie.

Personally, I think they screwed up with the limited release. It got all the press on the limited release opening, and most places (like Phoenix, where I was on vacation, or HNL, where I live) you could not see the movie for another two weeks. By the time they went wide with it, it lost all its opening press momentum.
Rating: 9 Votes
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