In a refreshing reminder that the rest of the world is not up Steve Jobs' ass the way many folks here are, the much-lauded Aaron Sorkin film about the Apple founder has reportedly "bombed" at the box office.
The film, much of which was shot in SF, "generated $7.3 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, about a third of what BoxOffice.com analysts had estimated," Bloomberg reports.
The film, which was widely released this past weekend, came in at #7, behind such classics as Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter (#4, at $10.8 million) and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (#6, at $8.2 million). This despite a glowing reception from critics and Oscar buzz for star Michael Fassbender.
Alas, it is also Fassbender who's being blamed for some of the film's failure, as Variety says he "lacks the drawing power to open the picture." As did, it appears, Jobs' name itself!
Describing the film as "too brainy, too cold, and too expensive to make it a success," Variety notes that $7.3 million puts it only slightly ahead of the "$6.7 million that Jobs, a critically derided film about the iPhone father with Ashton Kutcher, made in its initial weekend." OUCH.
While the film did well locally, with "with three out of the top 10 grossing theaters nationwide being in the San Francisco Bay area," Bloomberg reports, the rest of the country didn't appear to give a shit.
Perhaps that was because, as Variety puts it, "Jobs was an emotionally abusive perfectionist. That kind of drive inspires great drama, but is a difficult sell."
And with an opening like that, things seem bleaker for Jobs than for (too many jokes about local startups with stupid ideas to choose just one!!!). Variety says that the film has to do $120 million to break even, but since it's "dialogue-driven and lacks a major star, its foreign prospects seem bleak."
Before you feel too bad for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin or Fassbender, though, know that theirs wasn't the only failure in the last few days — last weekend Jem And The Holograms opened to just $1.3 million, giving it (per Buzzfeed) "he worst wide opening weekend ever for a movie released by a major studio."
So, yeah, things could be worse.