The Interview Earns 9.6m From Online Release

The Interview has become Sony’s highest-selling online film of all time after earning $15m (9.6m) from rentals and downloads.

The film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, had some two million rentals and purchases over the Christmas period.

The comedy also took in $2.8m from 331 theatres following its opening last Thursday.

In a statement, writer and director Rogen said: “I’m so grateful that the movie found its way into theatres, and I’m thrilled that people actually went out and saw it.”

Sony said the film has become the company’s most successful online release ever.

“We are very pleased with how it is doing both theatrically where we are seeing numerous sell-outs across the country, and online where it remains at the top of many charts,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution.

Sony initially cancelled the film’s release following a cyber-attack and threats of violence against cinemas that chose to screen it.

President Barack Obama accused North Korea of being responsible for the attack, and warned the US would respond “in a place and time and manner that we choose”.

Pyongyang denied any involvement in the attack.

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29 December 2014 | 5:04 am – Source: orange.co.uk

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