Skip to main content

The Interview generates more than $15 million in online sales

The Interview
Image used with permission by copyright holder
The saga of The Interview continued over the holiday weekend, with Sony announcing that the online release netted more than $15 million in revenue through Saturday.

After having its release canceled due to terrorist threats, The Interview eventually received an online release and screenings in a small number of theaters around the country beginning December 24. Along with the limited theater release, the film was made available on YouTube, Google Play Store, Microsoft’s Xbox Live network, and the standalone site

It was also made available on iTunes today (December 29).

According to Sony, more than half the online revenue came from the Google Play Store and YouTube (both owned by Google), and after being limited to U.S. residents in its first few days, the online release was later expanded to Canada. Sony reports that the film has been downloaded or streamed more than 2 million times so far.

The 331 theaters that screened the film generated significantly less revenue, with a reported $2.8 million in ticket sales. Many of the larger theater chains declined to screen the film due to Sony’s decision to make it available online on the same day as the theatrical release.

Editors' Recommendations

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
AMC releases new pics from Interview With the Vampire series
Sam Reid and Jacob Anderson in Interview With the Vampire.

The Walking Dead may be winding down on AMC, but the network is about to double down on the children of the night. AMC is adapting Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles novels for television, starting with her debut story, Interview With the Vampire. That 1976 novel was previously adapted as a feature film in 1994. However, modern attitudes toward sexuality means that the new adaptation won't have to downplay its gay subtext.

While the new series won't premiere until later this year, AMC has released four new pictures that offer fans a first look at the stars. Game of Thrones veteran Jacob Anderson will portray Louis de Pointe du Lac, a man who was offered eternal life by the vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid). Louis was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 1994 film, while Tom Cruise played Lestat.

Read more
Paramount+ adds more than 1 million subscribers in a single week
Paramount+ shows.

Looks like the streaming adage of "new content drives subscribers" is true. Paramount+ announced that it's had its "most successful week ever," adding more than 1 million new subscribers, as well as setting a new record for total sign-ups since the streaming service rebranded from CBS All Access in March 2021.

While owner ViacomCBS doesn't break out specific subscription numbers, we can put things into a little bit of context. Globally, ViacomCBS added 4.3 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2021 for a total of 47 million. So more than a million new subscribers in a single week is a big deal.

Read more
Hamilton is headed to Disney+ more than a year ahead of schedule

It must be nice to have Mickey Mouse on your side.

The juggernaut musical Hamilton will be available on Disney+ on Friday, July 3 -- nearly a year and a half earlier than originally planned.

Read more