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‘Steve Jobs’ flops; ‘The Martian’ regains weekend box office

Steve Jobs
Photo courtesy of Legendary Pictures

In what’s being described as a “box-office bloodbath,” the highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender has flopped, much to the surprise of industry experts.

Despite strong critical acclaim and having a near record-breaking limited theater release, the Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) penned film only took in a disappointing $7.2 million in its first week of nationwide release.

Though many are surprised by the movie’s weak showing, there are some close to the film that may not be so sad that the film isn’t doing well.

Jobs’ widow, Laurene, reportedly tried to stop production on the biopic before it got off the ground. Sources say she told friends that the script portrayed her late husband harshly and that she never liked the book it was derived from and declared any film based upon it couldn’t be accurate

It was an overall slow weekend at the box office that allowed Matt Damon’s The Martian to reclaim the top spot this week with a mere $15.9 million earned. Last week’s top film, Goosebumps, narrowly missed holding on to its crown, falling a mere $400,000 short with an additional $15.5 million captured. Tom Hanks’ Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies, maintained its position at the third spot this week with $11.3 million. Vin Diesel’s action fantasy farce, The Last Witch Hunter, bowed at the fourth spot with a modest $10.8 million intake. And rounding out the top five for the second week in a row is the animated Hotel Transylvania 2, which brought in another $9 million.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below:

1. The Martian$15.9M

2. Goosebumps – $15.5M

3. Bridge of Spies – $11.3M

4. The Last Witch Hunter – $10.8M

5. Hotel Transylvania 2 – $9M

6. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension  – $8.2M

7. Steve Jobs – $7.27M

8. Crimson Peak  $5.5M

9. The Intern $3.8M

10. Sicario $2.9M

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