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Scaled-back release of ‘The Interview’ makes how much?!

Seth Rogen;James Franco

Despite several attempts made by hackers to terminate the release of Sony Pictures The Interview, starring funnymen Seth Rogen and James Franco, the controversial political comedy was released in select theaters on Christmas Day.

In just one day, the film which mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and depicts his assassination, made more than $1 million.

Sony Pictures, commented on their unexpected success in a brief statement saying…

“Considering the incredibly challenging circumstances, we are extremely grateful to the people all over the country who came out to experience The Interview on the first day of its unconventional release,” Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said in a statement obtained by E! News. “The audience reaction was fantastic — the limited release, in under 10 percent of the amount of theaters originally planned, featured numerous sellouts and a first-day gross over $1 million.”

According to Rentrak Analytics, a movie and TV research company, the total figure was actually $1,040,000, with an average total for each of the 331 theaters that screened the movie coming in at $3,142. Not too shabby!

It’s safe to say the hackers did a little free p.r. for the film.

Do you think The Interview would have been equally successful without the scandal behind it?



4 Comments

  1. Nigg.Newton on December 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Its so stupid to make a comedy about an assassination of another country’s leader. if they made a comedy about Lincoln or Kennedy or worst the 9/11 attacks the US would want to go to war. The United States think we’re boss of everybody.

    Also…I noticed how — White HOLLYWOOD is trying to say the “Interview,” was a — SUCCESS, but only earned $1 million…yet BLACK MOVIES make $40 million and it’s considered a FAILURE.

    *** See how the — WHITE MEDIA, controls the — NARRATIVE!

    • mkultra314 on December 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      The british made a Dr Who Episode titled “Lets Kill Hitler” where the doctor travel with a friend of Amy’s back to WWII, who wants to kill Hitler, concidently Inglorious Bastards was the same plot minus the time machine. Air Force One was a plot of a terrorist taking over AF1 and trying to kill the American president. The Conspirator is about the killing of Lincoln. Hell in Watchman they even assassinated Kennedy. Your argument is invalid.

      • R. Hawkins Ruu Hawkins on December 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        Good point! I see you know your film.

    • R. Hawkins Ruu Hawkins on December 29, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      While I see your point, The Interview made $1 million in one day. Not too shabby for a film which at one point had no chance of making it to the big screen.