Universal Pictures Pulls ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie from 2000+ Theatres



Making a movie about Steve Jobs may bring you a few headlines, but that’s not enough to attract people to theatres: Danny Boyle’s film about Apple’s co-founder has had another “terrible” weekend, as earnings dropped more than 69% compared to the previous week.

As a result, Universal Pictures has pulled the movie from 2,072 theatres, more than any other movie, reports Cult of Mac.

October 30 and November 1 by the numbers (via Box Office Mojo): Steve Jobs was available in 2,493 theatres, but the weekend gross was only $2.69 million, which compares to the previous weekend’s (Oct. 23–25) $7.1 million.

After seeing this $62% drop, Universal Pictures pulled the Steve Jobs movie from the majority of theatres: According to Box Office Mojo, it was screened in only 421 theatres with an estimated weekend gross of $823,000 (down 69% compared to prior weekend).

To date, the movie has earned $16.68 million, which is hardly better than the earlier Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher.

By comparison, the new James Bond movie, Spectre, earned $73 million in its opening weekend.


  • einsteinbqat

    Well, what did they expect?! Putting Jobs’ name on your work is not a guarantee that it will bring you tons of money!

  • Tim

    It’s true. If you’re not deep into tech and/or Apple, why would you care? Also, everyone knows the story by now. A movie like the Social Network was more successful because it was based on a contemporary story that not everyone was familiar with.

  • erth

    maybe they should rename it james bond….

  • 1His_Nibs1

    No surprises here. It’s been how many years after his death? Unfortunately we live in a ” everything now” culture.

  • sukisszoze

    Should have just done a made-for-tv movie…like others have said, unless you are really into Apple, it’s not that interesting..I like Apple stuff but I haven’t watched any of his movies yet..guess I can catch it on Netflix soon.

  • ShaBi

    The real problem is that not only do people know the story by now, people also know this movie is not accurate and half made up.

  • Albin

    From what I’ve read the movie is not about the part of his life a movie audience is interested in – they’d want to see the high drama of a brilliant 21st Century hardware and media innovator with a terminal disease, not a jinned up 20th Century personality who would be long forgotten as another unsuccessful competitor to Microsoft PCs, which is where the film leaves off.