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“The Interview” Grosses $1 million on Christmas Day

Contributed by on December 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Sony Pictures Studio Entrance

CULVER CITY CA/USA – NOVEMBER 29 2014: Sony Pictures studios entrance.

After a week and a half of threats and accusations between North Korea and the United States, Sony Pictures Entertainment went ahead with their originally planned Christmas Day release of their new film, “The Interview,” albeit in a limited fashion. The movie grossed about $1 million in box office receipts on its opening day.

 

This comes on the heels of continued internet outages in North Korea, which the communist country’s leaders have blamed on the U.S. and, specifically, President Barack Obama, calling Obama “a monkey in a tropical forest,” who is “reckless in words and deeds” because of Obama’s comments that the initial cancellation of the release, in the wake of a series of data breeches and threats against the American public on December 16, was a “mistake.”

 

The plot of “The Interview” revolves around the attempts of a TV talk show host and his producer to assassinate North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, at the behest of the CIA.

 

The December 16 threats prompted a number of movie theater chains to cancel their showings of the movie, which forced Sony Pictures to cancel the release. But after the President expressed his opposition to what seemed like a submission to terrorist threats, Sony reversed its indefinite cancellation of the release of the movie, choosing instead to go forward with a limited release in only a handful of small theaters throughout the nation.

 

The film, which Sony had originally hoped would gross over $20 million its first weekend, only took in about $1 million on December 25, but considering that it was shown in under 10% of American movie theaters, Sony remains “extremely grateful,” according to the company’s president of distribution, Rory Bruer.

 

North Korea maintains their innocence regarding the December 16 hacking and threats; the United States has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for North Korea’s internet troubles.