In a limited run this weekend at just four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic managed to smash per-theater averages for any movie released in 2015 so far.
The film grossed $520,942 in all, translating to an average of $130,236, reported Deadline. By comparison, another recent high-profile movie — Denis Villeneuve's Sicario — averaged roughly $67,000 per theater during its opening. Jobs' record nevertheless sits behind some movies from 2014, such as Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which managed $202,000.
Boyle's film is due to go into wider distribution on Oct. 23.
The premiere marks the end of a troubled road, which at different times saw the movie change its director, lead actors, and even studio on the way to the big screen. One of the few constants has been a script by Aaron Sorkin. A recent revelation was that Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, repeatedly attempted to stop the movie's development with the help of supporters.
Though based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography, current and former Apple executives have noted that the movie deviates from historical accuracy. Steve Wozniak — who acted as a paid consultant on the film — claimed that while some events didn't happen, it succeeded at capturing Jobs' personality. Designer Jony Ive, however, has suggested that it conflicts with his memories.