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Steve Jobs biopic has failed to impress at the North American box office, taking just $7.3 million in its first general week of release.

Danny Boyle’s movie, for which Michael Fassbender has been tipped for a best actor Oscar, entered the chart at number seven.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian reclaimed the top spot taking $15.9 million.

Elsewhere, Jem and the Holograms made one of the worst debuts of all time for a major studio release opening in over 2,000 locations with $1.3 million.Steve Jobs biopic box office

The adaptation of the 1980s cartoon about the quest of a group of aspiring musicians to become global superstars, entered the chart in 15th place.

The Steve Jobs biopic cost around $30 million to make and has taken $9.98 million to date, after two limited release weeks and one week on full release.

Co-starring Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen, the movie is the most high-profile of half-a-dozen documentaries and films about the Apple founder since his death in 2011 and has generally received strong reviews.

Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter also failed to meet expectations, earning $10.8 million, while Bill Murray’s Rock the Kasbah pulled in just $1.5 million.

Rock the Kasbah, which features Bill Murray as a rock promoter in Afghanistan, cost $15 million to make.

Goosebumps, based on the popular children’s book series and starring Jack Black, fell a place to number two on the chart, earning $15.5 million.

North America box office Top 5:

  1. The Martian – $15.9 million
  2. Goosebumps -$15.5 milion
  3. Bridge of Spies – $11.4 million
  4. The Last Witch Hunter – $10.8 million
  5. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $9 million


Michael Fassbender is portraying Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s new movie about the late Apple co-founder, the film trailer has revealed.

Michael Fassbender is seen wearing Steve Jobs’ trademark glasses and black polar neck in scenes recreating one of his famous product launches.

The biopic, called Steve Jobs, reportedly uses three such launches to probe the Apple co-founder’s life and relationships with colleagues.

Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen also appear in the biopic, out on November 13.

The first plays former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, while the latter plays Steve Wozniak, another Apple co-founder.Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs

“The musicians play the instruments. I play the orchestra,” Michael Fassbender is heard saying cryptically in the minute-long promo.

“I sat in a garage and invented the future… because artists lead, and hacks ask for a show of hands.”

“No one sees the world the same way you do,” actor Jeff Daniels is also heard saying in his role as John Sculley, Apple’s former CEO.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in the late 1970s but was driven out of the company in a boardroom coup in the 1980s.

He was later bought back and spearheaded the production of the highly successful iPod and iPhone, before dying of pancreatic cancer in 2011.

Written by Aaron Sorkin of The Social Network and The West Wing fame, Steve Jobs is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late entrepreneur.

An earlier Steve Jobs biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role and Matthew Modine as John Sculley, met with a tepid response in 2013.


Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, has apologized to volunteers over “spoilers” appearing in the press.

In an email sent to the 10,000 members of the public participating in the 27 July event, Danny Boyle asked them to “stay virtuous” and “protect the show”.

“Many of you have been dismayed by the media scrutiny on the show,” he wrote.

“I am sorry that, despite our best efforts, we appear to be unable to stop these stories appearing in the press.”

At a media briefing last month, the Oscar-winning director revealed the ceremony would feature a recreation of the “British countryside” featuring country scenes and farmyard animals.

Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, has apologized to volunteers over "spoilers" appearing in the press

Danny Boyle, artistic director of the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, has apologized to volunteers over "spoilers" appearing in the press

In the weeks that followed, several newspapers published follow-up stories revealing additional, unsanctioned information about the event.

“Some of you have asked why we agreed to the two media briefings we have done when <<open season>> continues on trying to reveal every aspect of our work to the public ahead of 27 July,” wrote Danny Boyle in his email.

“We thought they would be a good way to satisfy the media’s curiosity about our show but, in the case of certain papers, it hasn’t quenched their desire to be the first to reveal every detail possible.”

London 2012 organizing committee chairman Lord Coe made similar comments on Twitter at the weekend asking for details to be kept secret.

“Share the frustration of volunteer performers and the public at Opening Ceremony being unofficially trailed. Let’s #savethesurprise,” he said.

One billion people worldwide are expected to watch the opening ceremony, which will feature music by electronic duo Underworld and a “harmonically-tuned” bell weighing 23 tons.

Cast rehearsals continue at the Olympic stadium in east London, which has been fitted with a million-watt sound system.

Cast members have been asked to sign and abide by a non-disclosure agreement.