'The Interview' makes $1 million at the box office.
According to CNNMoney, 'The Interview'
made $1 million at the box office on Christmas Day, and it could make a couple million more over the Holiday weekend.
From CNN Money
"The audience reaction was fantastic -- the limited release, in under 10% of the amount of theaters originally planned, featured numerous sellouts and a first-day gross over $1 million," Sony Pictures worldwide distribution president Rory Bruer said in a statement.
Bruer nodded to the "incredibly challenging circumstances" around the release and said "we are extremely grateful to the people all over the country who came out to experience 'The Interview' on the first day" it was in theaters.
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The Seth Rogen comedy could even make a lot more money online, through online movie rentals and future sales to streaming sites such as Netflix
. The results of Wednesday's online release are not yet public, but if one million people rented it through YouTube, the once unproduced production could have made a whopping $6 million. The movie is currently available on Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox video store and a special Sony website called SeeTheInterview.com
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Sony Picture's botched release of The Interview could make the change in the movie industry as more movie studios transition from box office only releases to streaming releases. According to reports
, The Interview
is the most popular video on YouTube.
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” went from being just another mediocre comedy to being the most talked-about movie of 2014, and it’s all thanks to hackers’ efforts to prevent the movie’s release. The massive Sony hack has been front page news for the past few weeks, and the story was particularly interesting because it appeared as though the attack was perpetrated by hackers with ties to North Korea.
That conclusion is now in question despite the fact that the FBI and President Obama have publicly pinned the cyberattack on North Korea, but the hackers had still demanded that The Interview be shelved if Sony hoped to prevent further data from being released. After initially caving, Sony decided to go ahead with the movie’s release anyway — and now it looks like the Sony hackers’ worst nightmare has come true.
Here’s a list of the most popular videos on YouTube right now, along with view counts and ages where available:
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- The Interview – 2 days old
- Sweet Hat Bro – 300,295 views, 1 day old
- rock singing – 1,273,976 views, 1 days old
- Seth Rogen at “Interview” opening at Cinefamily – 69,063 views, 20 hours old
- Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Introduce “The Interview” – 69,399 views, 1 day old
- Entourage – Official Teaser Trailer [HD> – 4,291,672 views, 2 days old