Sony Entertainment’s controversial movie “The Interview,” made $15 million in online sales in just three days, making it their most downloaded movie of all time. Prior to the release of the movie, there was a lot of controversy surrounding it, due to the plot of the movie, which was to assassinate the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. It stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, who play a talk show host and producer of a show that the North Korean leader is a fan of, who are granted an exclusive interview with the North Korean leader, and are enlisted by the CIA to assassinate him.
The movie was originally scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, but in the weeks leading to the release of the movie, Sony had been a victim of a cyber attack, by a group called the Guardians of Peace. The group demanded that Sony should not release the movie, and leaked several sensitive information, which included some movie scripts, actors’ salaries, and confidential emails, in an attempt to stop the movie from being released.
Sony planned to move ahead with the release, despite the released documents, some of which caused some embarrassment for some of their executives, which led to a threat from the hackers, who claimed that there will be attacks on the movie theaters that planned on showing the movie. The threat led to 80 percent of the movie theaters in the United States to cancel showing the movies, which also prompted Sony to decide not to release the movie.
After receiving a lot of backlash from fans, actors, and even the President of the United States, for caving in to terrorist demands, Sony decided to go ahead and release the movie in a limited capacity at select theaters, and to make it available to download online. It was available to rent for $5.99, and purchase for $14.99, and made over $1 million in the first day it was available, and $15 million in three days. It also had a strong showing in its limited release in movie theaters, with a lot of people showing up to see the movie, just to find out what the fuss was all about, and to show that they won’t be intimidated by threats.
After conducting an investigation, The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that North Korea was responsible for the hacks, but the North Korean authorities have denied having anything to do with it, but also praised it as a righteous deed.