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Steve Jobs movie had 2015’s biggest opening weekend

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It’s fair to say the Steve Jobs movie was highly anticipated, and the hype has translated to impressive box office takings.

Danny Boyle’s biopic about the Apple founder is the year’s best theatre average debut over in the United States.

The movie, which released early in a small selection of cinemas, took $130,000 per theatre on average, as reported by Deadline.

Total takings were $521,000 over the opening weekend, which ranks the movie as the 15th highest pre-theatre release ever.

Universal is set to release the flick in the UK on November 13, but the US rollout should be completed by September 23.

Steve Jobs, which stars Michael Fassbender as the eponymous character, follows the life of the late Apple CEO over three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

The film also features Kate Winslet at Jobs’ confidant Joanna Hoffman, and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Despite early box office success however, the movie has not been without controversy.

Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed Steve Jobs depictions as “opportunistic”, which resulted in screenwriter Aaron Sorkin hitting back over Apple’s alleged use of child labour in Chinese factories.

Then just last week, Apple design chief Jony Ive described the film as having “hijacked” Jobs’ life story, although Ive himself hadn’t actually seen the movie at the time.

If you’ve seen the Steve Jobs movie already, let us know what you think in the comments.

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