While Pan flopping dominated box office headlines this morning, the Danny Boyle-directed and Aaron Sorkin-written Steve Jobs biopic had the best box office average per theater this weekend. And it only opened in four theaters.
The biopic played on four screens this weekend in New York and Los Angeles. That was enough to net it $130,381 per theater, according to Box Office Mojo.
Vanity Fair points out that this per screen average puts Steve Jobs in good company with The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Sniper, Birdman, and The Imitation Game, which were the only four films to gross over $100,000 per screen during a weekend last year. All of these films were nominated for Best Picture and garnered many other Oscar nominations.
What’s next for Steve Jobs in keeping the momentum going? The film will expand into 60 theaters this Friday, before getting a wide release the week after. Then, presumably, onto awards season gold for Boyle, Sorkin, star Michael Fassbender, and possibly for the supporting cast, which includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels.
The Hollywood Reporter has other interesting stats about Steve Jobs and its opening weekend. Fifty-one percent of the audience was under 35-years-old, while 53 percent was male. No matter how you slice it, though, this movie made a big debut at the box office.