'The Interview' Pulls in $18 Million, Sets Online Record for Sony

Sony Pictures' controversial comedy 'The Interview' made about $18 million in its opening weekend - with more than $15 million coming from online sales.
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Sony Pictures' controversial comedy 'The Interview' made about $18 million in its opening weekend - with more than $15 million coming from online sales. Sony said the film had been purchased or rented online more than 2 million times from Wednesday to Saturday, according to various reports, making it Sony's highest-selling online movie of all time. Sony had pulled the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a cyber attack on the company blamed on North Korea and threats of violence that prompted large movie theater chains like AMC and Regal Entertainment to block it from their theaters. The Interview wound up opening in 331 independent theaters, and was also offered for $5.99 as a video-on-demand rental and $14.99 purchase through YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox Video and eventually Apple's iTunes Store.