The Interview rakes in over $41m digitally
CONTROVERSIAL North Korea satire The Interview has made over US$31 million (S$41.4 million) on the Internet and other small-screen formats, making it Sony's best-grossing online film ever, the studio said on Tuesday.
Including box office takings, the movie has made some US$36 million, approaching its reported US$44 million budget, according to the Hollywood studio.
The Interview, which triggered a hacking attack on Sony Pictures blamed by the United States authorities on Pyongyang, has been rented or bought online, and through cable, satellite and telecom providers more than 4.3 million times, it said.
That makes it the studio's No. 1 online film of all time, it said, announcing updated figures from Dec 24 through to Jan 4.
The figures do not include earnings from some 580 theatres which have screened the movie. Box office takings there total some US$5 million so far, a Sony Pictures statement said.
Sony Pictures initially resisted demands by hackers to cancel the film's planned Dec 25 release date. But it gave in the week before Christmas, before changing its mind again and releasing it from Dec 24.
The movie is available online via Google Play Store; YouTube Movies; Microsoft's Xbox Video; iTunes; VUDU, Walmart's digital video-on-demand (VOD) service; PlayStation Network; Amazon Instant Video; and through a dedicated website.
The film, which tells the story of a fictitious Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, is also available via leading US cable, satellite and telecom providers' VOD services.