Thousands of US moviegoers were planning to watch screenings of the controversial comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s dictator on Christmas Day, openly defying threats from hackers who have warned of dire consequences for people who visit the cinemas.
Many more across the country had already begun watching The Interview from the safety of their homes, after an unprecedented States.”
While the major cinema chains are still not screening the film, its release is proving a boon to smaller and independent theaters. Sony will also profit from the decision to make the movie available online, through platforms such as Youtube Movies and Xbox Video.
From 1pm ET on Wednesday, the movie could be streamed for $5.99 and purchased for $14.99, including from a dedicated to stop free speech. We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release.”