Steve Jobs premiered in only four theaters on October 9 in New York and Los Angeles, yet it still had one heck of an opening. Each screening made $130,000 – over half a million for just four theaters in one weekend. In 2014, the only films to have made over $100,000 for each screening were American Sniper, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Imitation Game, all of which were nominated and won for various Oscars, including Best Picture. Their nominations and wins equaled 32 combined, and I’m sure this film will be nominated for an Oscar in the upcoming award season.
The film already has an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a Metascore of 83% and has received rave reviews from critics.
Despite the success of Steve Jobs so far, it has been criticized by some who knew him. His widow, Laurene, appealed to both Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures to keep the film from being shown, saying that it couldn’t possibly be an accurate portrayal of Jobs’s life because of the book it was based on. Apparently, Jobs is portrayed in a very negative manner throughout the film.
However, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (whom Seth Rogen portrays) was a consultant for the film, as it is also partly about his life, and he finds it to be accurate. He says Jobs’s portrayal in the film was based on Jobs’s personality and that they did a great job. Apple CEO John Sculley says, “I knew the young Steve Jobs really well, and he was a much bigger, better person than one could come to the conclusion if they only saw the movie,” adding that people loved working for Jobs and that his vision brought excitement to the employees. Even though some of his and Jobs’s heated interactions were portrayed as more dramatic than they actually were, Sculley says it felt as though he was actually watching Jobs.
The overall reviews from those who knew Steve Jobs are mixed. Nonetheless, the biopic is highly successful thus far and is sure to gain even more success as it opens in other theaters. On October 16, the film will be released in 60 more theaters before expanding into theaters worldwide on the 23rd. It is predicted that the film will earn at least $20 million when it opens worldwide.
Steve Jobs was directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin also wrote The Social Network, which took home an Oscar itself. Deadline calls the script a "companion piece" to the screenplay of The Social Network, but is "more effective."
It also stars Kate Winslet as marketing director Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. The cast is full of amazing actors – granted, Seth Rogen is more of a comedic actor, but after seeing clips of the film, I’m confident he does a great job in this biopic.
Steve Jobs is doing much better than Pan, which bombed massively at the box office this weekend. Even though it made $15.53 million, the budget was $155 million, so it's a major loss so far. Hopefully it'll earn more as it opens internationally, but the outlook doesn't appear to be very promising. It isn't receiving positive reviews and, to top it off, hardly any children are going to see it, and they're the main target! I think it looks like a really entertaining film with amazing effects and highly talented actors. It doesn't have the promise of Steve Jobs's success, but I'm still excited to watch it. Anyway, I'll be lining up to see Steve Jobs when it opens.
Do you think Steve Jobs will go on to achieve major success? Maybe an Oscar win?