The controversial Sony film “The Interview” has suddenly shot to the top of the online movie charts after a mere four days since it’s release on December 24th.
As of 27 December, the movie pulled in more than $15 million and had been reportedly downloaded over 2 million times.
The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and concerns a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, and was pulled from general release initially, due to the recent cyber-attack against Sony Pictures and threats to various cinemas that had planned to show the comedy.
The hack itself came from a group called the Guardians of Peace and resulted in leaking of confidential information about movies, executives’ emails, and even actors’ salaries and personal details.
According to the FBI, North Korea was behind the hack, but the country had denied any involvement. However, they publicly called it a “righteous deed”.
The Interview saw a huge release on the Internet
The movie was released online on Sunday on Google Play and YouTube, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox Video services, priced at around $6 for a rental or $15 to purchase. Since then, it’s also been made available on Apple’s iTunes store in the U.S. which is one of the most popular legitimate outlets to buy digital content.
In terms of cinemas, there was a strong turnout even after the major cinemas decided not to screen it, but some smaller chains went ahead anyway. The whole incident of the attack on Sony had been criticised by President Obama, who had strong words for the South Korean regime.
If you want to watch the movie, head over to Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, or the Sony Pictures website. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a U.S. based account you will currently be unable to watch, but it’s hoped that The Interview will shortly be made available in the international versions of those movie sites.