Biographical drama starring Michael Fassbender has failed to attract a wide audience in the US
Danny Boyle has admitted that his latest film’s performance at the US box office has been “disappointing”.
Steve Jobs, which stars Michael Fassbender as the co-founder of Apple Inc, made $9.98million (£6.5million) over its opening weekend – less than a third of its estimated $30million (£19.5million) production budget. Many leading US commentators have already branded the biographical drama a “flop”.
When it opened in the US on October 23, Boyle’s film was given a wide release on 2,493 cinema screens. However, its release has since been scaled back to just 421 screens, mainly located in major cities.
“It’s very disappointing that when it was released wide across America it didn’t really work, so it’s retreated back now to the main cities,” Boyle told the BBC. “It’s very easy in hindsight, but I think it’s probably that we released it too wide too soon.”
However, Boyle refused to blame backers Universal Pictures for Steve Jobs‘ disappointing box office figures, saying: “The history of the film is we were dropped by Sony, and Universal have been exemplary in the way they’ve stood up for the film, promoted [it] and supported us throughout the whole process – and I think are genuinely very proud of the film.”
“Yeah sure, you might have done it in a different way… but you know, you’ve got to get on now,” he added. “And actually you hope that people will still find the film – because I think those that do obviously find it very rewarding.”
Boyle’s film – which has a script by The West Wing‘s Aaron Sorkin and a supporting cast led by Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen – has received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Both Fassbender and Winslet are thought to be in strong contention for Oscar nominations.
Steve Jobs opens in UK cinemas today (November 13). Read the NME review here.