‘Steve Jobs’ flop plummets 65% in second weekend of wide release

“Steve Jobs,” the Universal fictionalized drama that trades off the name of the deceased Apple co-founder, sank in its second weekend of wide release.

The flick, whose screenplay was penned by Aaron Sorkin, earned a dismal $2.6 million, a 65% plummet, bringing its domestic total to a meager $14.5 million.

The movie has been widely criticized, including by us, due to the fact that it’s pretty much pure fiction and anybody who knew Steve Jobs and who wasn’t paid off by Universal to back the film, has lamented that the opportunistic little flick was even made, much less released.

As we’ve written previously, you can’t call a movie “Steve Jobs” and then make up reams of total fiction. We know the facts. The graphical user interface was not stolen. Sorkin’s penchant for playing fast and lose with the facts and for concocting scenes and dialog out of whole cloth doomed this opportunistic pack of lies from the start.

MacDailyNews Take: All’s well that ends well!

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  1. That Sorkin grossly misjudged the movie’s audience is less a concern than the fact that he blew a fantastic opportunity to tell a compelling story about what really happened to an extraordinary individual. What a rich history Sorkin had to play with as he wrote. Yet he used virtually none of it, preferring to use his tried and true Sorkinisms – heck, they worked on TV. 😒

    Sorkin was clearly not the man for the job. He understood NOTHING about Steve Jobs or what drove him.

    1. I know. Even the “stealing” scene was a huge opportunity for playing with conventions in a funny and more truthful way.

      Steve could have said something about “stealing” GUI concepts from PARC to highlight his view of his Mac team as a band of pirates.

      Then Woz could have called him on it and pointed out that PARC showed them willingly and had been paid with Apple stock.

      Reversing the myth would have been great fun for anyone familiar with the true history!

    2. That’s certainly what I took away from the film and Sorkin. Seeing Sorkin in person and hearing him speak he surprisingly (or maybe not) comes across a bit doofusy. Clueless he was to this amazing opportunity taking the low road to Nowheresville.

  2. There will never be the Steve Jobs “movie” that everyone is yearning to see. But I do feel this can be made into a episode-like series based as accurate as possible. Have either HBO or Netflix host the series and watch how much more profitable and entertaining it can be. This I would gladly pay a season pass, easy.

  3. The movie is great art and highly worth seeing. Sprain uses the computer as a metaphor for Steve, who is understood through his relationship with his boss (father figure) and Lisa (daughter figure). Steve is the black box of NEXT. He is the end-to-end controlled Mac that is both brilliant and deeply flawed. He is the iMac, which retains the control, etc, but also is something you can see into and aesthetically enjoy.

    The movie is BRILLIANT is you are looking for art. If you want a perfect bio, well you’ll find it elsewhere. But like great art, the perfect bio won’t teach you as much about the truth displayed here as Sorkin’s vision will.

    Thus, the movie will endure. It will win awards. That will lead more people to watch it. I expect it will be seen as the go-to movie in future generations for exploring the brilliance and challenge of Steve Jobs.

  4. I’m a bit surprised that no-one makes a comparison with the movie “the imitation game”, the movie about Alan Turing, which contains an awful lot of bullshit about Turing’s life and role in WW2 that’s just wrong. Still, I liked that movie; it honors him and isn’t called “Alan Turing”.
    Not going to pay to watch “steve jobs|”.

  5. There’s a perfect word for this in German–Schadenfreude! Sorkin deserves everything he’s got coming to him, including losing his shirt for this pile of trash that doesn’t deserve to be called a movie.

  6. Saw it a few days ago. What an absolute TURD. Fantastic acting by Fassbender/Daniels/TitanicChick but the movie was boring, contrived and way over the top. Steve comes off as an impossibly comically irritating untalented narcissist.

    Watch “The Man Behind the Machine” and read “Becoming Steve Jobs” instead.

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