Hey, did you see Jobs this weekend? If so, you probably saw it alone, in a theater completely empty except for yourself, a single loquacious cricket, and a theater usher sleeping one off. Why? Because Jobs absolutely tanked this weekend.
According to Box Office Mojo, Jobs made an estimated $6.7 million this weekend, significantly less than the $8-9 million estimated by Open Road Films, Jobs‘s distributor.
Although Jobs was only made for $12 million, Box Office Mojo puts these numbers in perspective:
Playing at 2,381 locations, Jobs opened in seventh place with an estimated $6.7 million. While it was never expected to match The Social Network, it’s still very disappointing to note that the Steve Jobs biopic earned less than one-third as much as the Facebook story. This is also one of star Ashton Kutcher’s lowest openings ever—among nationwide releases, it’s only ahead of 2003’s My Boss’s Daughter ($4.9 million).
So these numbers are bad even for a smaller independent film, and even the Cult of Kutcher couldn’t be convinced to come to theaters to see it.
Of course, in an ideal world, movies that suck don’t do well in the box office, and common consensus was that Jobs was a dud. Our own Nicole Martinelli called it “interminable”, Erfon thought “the plot is confusing, the writing isn’t great, Kutcher doesn’t deliver, and the film is overstuffed.” Even Woz slammed it.
What more do you need? Direct to cable with you, Jobs! We’ll all just have to hold out hope for the Aaron Sorkin biopic, coming next year.
- Source Box Office Mojo