Open Road Films Q&A for JOBS Release

The Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple’s legendary co-founder Steve Jobs has opened with disappointing revenues and bombed at the box office this weekend. Specifically, the flick pulled in just shy of seven million dollars domestically, earning it the seventh place at the box office. This is one of Kutcher’s lowest openings ever and hardly a success knowing the figure fell short of the $8-9 million distributor Open Road Films was hoping to rake in.

And as if mixed reviews weren’t enough, the movie has failed to impress the trusted review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes which gave it a rating of just 25 percent…

Jobs hit 2,381 screens across the United States this weekend and took in an estimated $6.7 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

That’s less than one-third as much as the Social Network, another biopic (sort of) focused on depicting the difficulties co-founder Mark Zuckerberg faced building Facebook and how the social networking giant came to be.

According to Box Office Mojo:

Jobs had plenty of issues, including awful reviews and a comedy star playing dramatic (almost never a good idea).

Most important, though, was the movie’s apparent tonal issues: while plenty of people enjoy their Apple products, the deification of Steve Jobs is a bit of a turn off. Jobs received a weak “B-” CinemaScore, and all indications are that it will disappear from theaters quickly.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Jobs had a rating at post of just 25 percent “fresh”.

It didn’t help that early Apple employees Daniel Kottke and Bill Fernandez blasted the movie’s inaccuracies for the sake of dramatic appeal. Here’s Apple’s other co-founder, Steve Wozniak, slamming the flick in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

“I wasn’t entertained by Kutcher’s Jobs movie,” he quipped.

It’s worth noting that Woz is being paid by another movie studio to help support their upcoming Steve Jobs film, but he insists that “my principles aren’t affected by the money”.

Woz also trash-talked the movie in a Gizmodo interview.

Cody went to see Jobs and was only half-impressed: he praised Kutcher’s acting in terms of the look, the mannerisms and the walk of Steve Jobs, but had issues with the voice (“I kept hearing Kelso from That 70′s Show telling me to ‘think different'”).

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but don’t necessarily think it files as a flop.

The nearly $7 million in opening weekend revenue – though short of distributors’ expectations – isn’t that bad given the movie’s production budget was just over $12 million.

Have you seen the movie yet?

If so, did you like it?

  • Gus Me

    I like my Apple products, but really, why would anyone think this would have done good? I agree wholeheartedly with the comment about the deification of Jobs and it being a turn off. I can’t imagine anyone but a huge “fanboy” needing to see this, especially in theatres.

    • Antzboogie

      Ashton is more of a comedian to me lol. I just picture him on the 70s show laughing doing dumb shi* Even though he did a serious role in Butterfly Effect. I have to see movie first anyway hahaha.

    • wilmajohn

      My last pay check
      was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been
      averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t
      believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,

  • totempole90

    When I saw the trailer, especially the one where Kutcher was shouting inside his car while driving, after being ousted as chairman of Apple, I thought it was hilarious.

  • Mehdi Vi

    be honest it was bad, the 1999 Pirates of Silicon Valley was far better than this.

    • Mac_Guy

      My mom say Jobs and then I showed her Pirates of Silicon Valley yesterday and was in complete shock of how much better a 1999 movie was.

  • cunotherside

    I’m glad it FLOPPED!The hole thing of STEVIE JOBS and APPLE is STUPIED!A bunch of GANGSTERS over pricing products by 1000%!

    • Dan


      • Gorgonphone

        lol he got emotional but cook ‘n ive do suck

    • Antzboogie

      A little over priced but not stupid*! Lol

  • Dan

    Not surprising, the average movie buff has no interest in Steve Jobs. When it comes to choosing between this or Wolverine/Red/Kickass/Elysium/World War Z… This movie should not of been released in the summer time.

    • Kaptivator

      More of a fall movie. Something to see when there is nothing much else to see.

    • IvanL

      To me it had more to do with casting Kelso as Jobs. He’s a no talent a-clown who just needs to stop making movies and go back to punking people.

  • Wamid

    I think they were not serious about capturing the epicness that Steve Jobs’s life was.. They just wanted to cash-in while he is well known to this generation and with his recent passing.. They thought that might get people watching..

    Ashton Kutchef as Steve.. He looks somewhat like him but that’s not enough reason for him to take the role.

    • Gorgonphone

      exactly and they took to long

  • Gorgonphone

    yeah cause they took to long to release it and all the hype is gone and that ugly cook ‘n ive style movie poster messed it up to

    • Juan Herrera

      That and the fact that Ashton Kutcher is just impossible to take seriously after so many dumbass roles.. Remember, Dude Where’s my Car? Smh..

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah i agree

  • Africanking

    If it was a story based on the life of Nelson Mandela, then I will watch it. Steve Jobs isn’t someone you want to know about.

    • smtp25

      You should watch pirates of silicon valley, but both movies will appeal to computer enthusiasts rather than pure iphone/ipad fans

  • Feross Hawatmeh

    He has huge nostrils…….

  • Yujin

    Woz needs cash so he can better fulfill his dream of disposable segways.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    When heard Ashton Kutcher was playing Jobs, I immediately could not take the movie seriously. I’m sure he put in a half way descent effort, but I just couldn’t picture it.

    • IvanL

      I really wish they would stop casting that no-talent a-clown in movies. But I’m with you, as soon as Kutcher was mentioned as the lead, I immediately had no desire to see it.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        This is very true, I really wanna see someone worth watching, that will capture my attention.

  • Deslug

    Pirates of silicon vally is still better