Take that, hackers: The Interview‘s limited theatrical release took in $1 million in 300 independent theaters on Christmas Day, despite threats of 9/11-style terror attacks on movies screening the controversial film. (To date, there have been no terrorist attacks.)
Variety predicts that this number may drop off due to The Interview‘s release on VOD, but it is better than no dollars, which is the amount Sony would have made had they gone through with the complete cancellation of the film thanks to hacker attacks possibly sponsored by North Korea. Many of the indie chains reported that their screenings were all completely sold out.
However, that number pales in comparison to the dollars made by other films opening on Christmas Day: the Sondheim fantasy musical Into The Woods pulled in nearly $13 million, Angelina Jolie’s war drama “Unbroken” made $15 million, and even the friggin’ 8197th Hobbit movie made $12 million, showing just how important a wide release is for films.
The movie is allegedly meh, however, according to critics.
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