While "The Interview" had modest distribution and revenues in movie theaters, it gained nice on line traction, mainly in the legitimate (paid) rental and purchase - but also in file sharing:
- Liana B. Baker report for Reuters that "Sony Pictures said on Sunday that the "The Interview" had been purchased or rented online more than 2 million times, generating more than $15 million in the first four days after the controversial comedy's wide theatrical release was shelved.
This would rank the film, which angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio, as the No. 1 online movie ever released by Sony Pictures, the company said in a statement.
The film has also brought in $2.8 million in the limited theatrical run that began Christmas Day in more than 300 mostly independent theaters, according to tracking firm Rentrak".
See "'The Interview' Becomes Sony's No. 1 Online Movie Of All Time" - here.
- ERNESTO, TorrentFreak, reported that "The unexpected release of The Interview is making headlines around the world, but for now only people inside the U.S. can see the film. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 200,000 people have already circumvented this restriction by turning to torrent sites where the film appeared just an hour after its official release. Even The Pirate Bay joined in and started pointing people to the movie as well".
See "The Interview is a Pirate hit with 200K Downloads" - here.