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The latest Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs is creating a reputation to precede its wider rollout – it’s first weekend playing in four theaters across New York and LA saw the dramatized biopic gross $520,942.
That’s around $130k PTA (per-theater average), 2015’s best PTA so far, ranking in the top 15 of all time.
Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle, penned by Aaron Sorkin, and based on a book of the same name by Aaron Isaacson.
Boyle’s previous Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire grossed $360k in 10 theaters in its opening weekend in 2008, giving it a PTA much below Jobs of $36k.
Reviews for the movie so far have been strong; currently achieving an 87% ‘Fresh’ rating, based on 75 reviews on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
However, many that knew Jobs including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, and Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell Jobs are skeptical about the portrait of Jobs.
On the other hand, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is impressed by the film – going as far as to say it was like “actually watching Steve Jobs.” He was an outspoken critic of the 2013 biopic Jobs but praises Boyle and Sorkin for “getting it so right” with this adaptation. That said, Wozniak was hired as an advisor on the film and reportedly received $200,000 for his services.
The movie will receive a wider release on October 23 in the U.S. and November 12 in the U.K.