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The Interview has become 2014's top selling movie on Google Play and YouTube

Less than a week after Sony's much-talked about movie The Interview became available to purchase or rent on the Google Play Store and YouTube, Google has now confirmed that the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy has become the top selling movie of 2014 for both sites.

A Google spokesperson did not reveal any specific sales numbers to Bloomberg, but Sony confirmed on Sunday that it has generated a total of $15 million in online revenue from The Interview since it became available on Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft's Xbox Video and Sony's own dedicated website on December 24. The movie went live on Apple's iTunes service later on Sunday. Google is offering The Interview for $14.99 to purchase or for $5.99 to rent.

The Interview also received a limited theatrical release at the same time, running on over 300 screens in the US, after plans for a wider release were cancelled due to security concerns. The movie earned $2.84 million from those outlets in its first weekend at the box office.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Bet that was the plan all along.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's right. If it weren't for the hack story this movie would have bombed. False flag attack gave this administration the legal permission to commit a cyber attack on North Korea. Posted via GS5 on the Android Central App
  • I highly doubt it would have bombed, many people will watch crude humor to get a laugh. Seeing as I know quite a few people that were going to see it anyways, I think they may have lost sales. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • Yup. And one rental or purchase is good for viewing for multiple people, as opposed to a single ticket.
  • BS
  • SONY WAS HONEYDICKIN US Posted from my note 3 :3
  • I really enjoyed this movie... AND i was going to see it in the theater, i was ready to go. I was mad they canceled it in theater's.
  • Exactly promotional stunt Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you think this was a faked stunt then you are a gigantic idiot with less sense than a ten yr old.
  • This. What's happening here in the comments? Posted via Android Central App
  • A presidential promotional stunt? Rooted GS3 FreedomPop(MVNO) Rooted LG G2, Stock Galaxy Note 4", Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Note 3
  • Lol no. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The GULLIBLE public fell for it lol Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • If you actually bought this... Jump off a bridge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's got a respectable 7.6 rating on IMDB. I guess a lot of people should jump off the bridge then... :D
  • Some probably have already Posted via the Android Central App
  • So you want people to kill themselves over a movie? That's great thinking right there. What do you wish for when someone disagrees with you over something important? "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • The contents are full of dumb people lately. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the finally lag-free LG G3 on CM12
  • That's why I hardly come round here anymore.
  • Contents are alright... -_- Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • Exaggerated sarcasm..... Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/shawshank-on-imdb.html "Four years after trying to send Justin Bieber to Pyongyang, 4chan users are now trying to troll North Korea itself by spamming the IMDb page for The Interview with perfect 10/10 ratings." Same goes for Google Play reviews; people are giving it 10/10 for Sony having the "balls" to release it and support freedom of speech (which I'm all for) rather than the content of the movie. All that aside, the movie was fucking horrid and I love stoner comedies, Pineapple Express and This is the End included. I found myself hoping the movie to end non-stop but couldn't look away because I wanted to watch what I paid for and see what Korea was raising a fuss about. Come to find out, they really only wanted to stop it's release because of how shitty of a movie it was not because of cultural insensitivities.
  • It was hilarious but humor is subjective. For me it was worth every penny I spent.
  • If the 4chan trolls think they have that much influence when the film has more than 100,000 votes already, I think they should take a chill pill, or whatever it is those kids use these days... :D Just accept that people have different types of humour. The fact that Seth Rogen (whom I personally find fairly annoying too) has made as many films as he has, and generally gets a fair share of big names in them is sort of telling that he's doing something a lot of people find pretty hilarious. Satire and slapstick humour is just not for everybody. I guess that's a pretty important prerequisite to make satire in the first place...
  • it was good
  • I rented it. Kiss my ass. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still amazed how "The Interview" is freedom of speech while Manning and Snowden support terrorism. Both make people angry who don't think highly of the US of A.
  • The difference is most of the American public doesn't pay much attention to anything that isn't overblown by the media. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • Manning and Snowden don't support terrorism, they're simply traitors. There's a difference.
  • Dude, what is this with you and your defending Sony comment? Do you even work there? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Who did they betray - Citizens of their country or crime instigating agency ?
    They are the heroes in all of my books - religious, ethical and legal.
    They both signed contracts in good faith, but if along the way they came to learn, who they are actually submitted to, they were obligated to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. via AC App on VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • If we stop buying crappy movies online the terrorist win. Posted via Android Central App
  • That is a lot less money than they would have made opening weekend in theaters and no where near what it cost them to make it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly, people saying this was all marketing need a reality check, and realize Sony didn't potentially hurt relations with people like Kevin Heart just to promote a low budget stoner comedy. I bought it and loved it, but that's not the majority for this type of movie. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The movie cost 85 million to make Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • True, they are probably losing 2 or 3 viewers for every sold view. But to be fair, the profit margins are quite a bit higher on streaming.
  • I dont think it was a stunt but i do know this worked out in their favor. A lot of people are viewing it almost as their patriotic duty. as if viewing it is a big middle finger to communism p.s. isnt buying it on google play the same as buying it on youtube?
  • This is definitely not working out in their favor. They lost a lot of money from box office receipts and are having a lot of problems from the leaks. This is damage control and minimization of losses at best.
  • In don't mean it was better than if it released properly but if it were scrapped altogether they wouldnt make anything. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt the movie would of flopped, it would of made it's $40 million back and then some. Enough people like Seth Rogen. The $18 million they made so far isn't as much as they would of made. It's not super difficult to be the number one digital selling movie, since the majority of the public still get physical copies. Posted via the Android Central App
  • To be honest it wasn't even that good.... Thank the universe fer torrents yeah? Posted via the Android Central App
  • i have it and thought it was funny for what it was for .
  • I don't understand why people think it's a publicity stunt. It's not like Seth Rogan makes terrible movies. They're almost always over the top comedy movies that end up doing well. Stop watching this and expecting it to be a huge theatrical production. It's not. It's butt jokes and crude humor. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • Thank you for this comment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nailed it. He he... Butt jokes.
  • I actually liked The Interview. And I typically hate modern mainstream comedies. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Watched it this past weekend. Pretty good. Franco was funnier than Rogen IMO Posted via...The One
  • Rogen was the straight man for once.
  • I wanted to see it until it became the thing to do because freedom and America. Either way I don't pay to watch movies typically. I'll stream it for free one day when I'm bored or want to get high and kill brain cells. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh, so inspiring. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I believe your looking for imore ...... Posted via the Android Central App
  • It was no stunt "...The hack was ferocious. The assailants used malicious software that destroyed some of Sony’s systems and let them grab and publish reams of sensitive data such as employees’ Social Security numbers and producers’ intemperate e-mails..." Also, America was quick to blame North Korea, but it may not be true "...In their initial e-mail to Sony, the hackers asked for money but did not mention “The Interview”. They only latched on to the film after journalists wondered out loud about a possible link between the hack and the satire..." Article here: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21637402-america-was-too-qui... Funny story --- I heard Seth Rogan telling Howard Stern they had the premise for the move since Kim Jong Il days. Then he saw Dennis Rodman going there years later and thought it was really happening.
  • It's said that a Sony insider is responsible for the hack Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • Who is "it"?
  • " In my country its pronounced Stalone"
  • The hard part is the tip. It gets easier after that. Trust me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dumbest ass movie ever. Wasn't even funny. The best part was the little girls singing in the b opening about the USA. I love disgusting humor but Rogan and Franco are morons who think pure nasty Ness is funny.
    For 5 bucks I helped contribute to the hacking hoax I guess. Ha Posted via the Android Central App on my Note 4
  • The worst part is it can't be unseen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Humor is subjective. Grammar, however, is not.
  • We got honeydicked Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • +2 Posted via...The One
  • Come on people. You seriously think N Korea was in on this? I never thought that Android/Geek people would be liken to the Tin Foil hat brigade. Seriously people. Snap out of it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think if it was a hoax, it was a total weed induced rant that they turned into a idea to do a movie......... Man...... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't you think that believing that this is a government conspiracy would put you in the tin foil hat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't believe N Korea perpetrated the hack, but they are concerned about the movie, and the FBI and Whitehouse are insisting publicly they are responsible.
  • "movie not available in your country" When are these clowns going to realize there is a world out there other than the US and Canada? Downloaded it on usenet so will watch it later. Sony you missed out on my money.. Posted via my Motorola Startac
  • Love u Sony! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't even know YouTube sold movies until The Interview. . . not a huge success. Posted via Android Central App
  • I watched it for free online, it wasn't half bad... Posted via My Beastly Galaxy Note 4...(T-Mobile)
  • So did i. Glad i didnt pay for it,i would have been pissed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • of all the good movies this year this is what people end up making the number one selling?!?!
  • No other movie was exclusive to Google play though Posted via...The One
  • Neither was this one m8. Xbox Video had it at the same time. iTunes has it also now. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • I didn't mean exclusive like that, l got a PS4 and don't use iTunes, just Android... 4Lyfe! Lol. So exclusive for people like me Posted via...The One
  • true but that only makes it marginally less sad. :P
  • True, but aren't they all bullshit on some level? Movies I mean Posted via...The One
  • Three of us drank enough wine until we decided it was time to watch the movie. It was funny! But like the wine the next morning you had a bad headache and lousy taste in your mouth!
  • If you're getting drunk on wine you're not drinking right ;) "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • Bastards got fooled nicely with N. Korea story lol
  • I didn't make it through fifteen minutes of this movie. Good for Sony for making a little of their money back though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hipster
  • Was this just a movie, or an active American plan? Awesome AC.
  • I watched it for free ..worth every penny paid (free) ... ... ( 0ppo F5) ...
  • Top movie download on the torrent sites, I'm sure. AC App on SGS3
  • It might be due to the hype but it might have as much to do with the convenience of being able to see a new release in your living room for only $5-6 bucks. The last (adult) film I actually saw in the theatre was Winter Soldier back in April. Everything else? I waited until I could stream it.
  • I enjoyed the movie and thought it was funny and worth the $6 I paid to watch.
    And for those of you who thought this was a publicity stunt, you have serious issues. Posted via Android Central App
  • Only the so-called hack news gave this movie any chance. It was very well produced and the acting was good. Unfortunately it was just not funny though it tried real hard, and a lousy script.
  • So the movie story line became real story. US government: we're gon' use the movie story line to approach Seth Rogan\Sony so that we can sabotage Best Korea's network. And blame some other stuff that they possibly didn't do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup, that was a really smart publicity stunt Sony pulled!
    They even managed to get the FBI, White House and a communist country involved. BRILLIANT! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I rented it and I admit I knew going in it was probably cruder then I would like and I was right. But I still rented it because I do believe the FBI and the President that they did get hacked and it was because of this movie, which bothered me. I don't see what either agency has to gain from making up a story like this so I have a hard time doubting them. But getting back to why I rented it; and that was because I wanted to speak with my dollars and show the highly oppressive dictatorship that tried to squash this movie and infringe on our country's freedom of speech and tell them go to h@((. We have a long history of going through a lot of crap to keep these rights and I will be damied if some foreign country thinks they can tell us what we can and can't say or show via movies or any other media. Posted via Android Central App
  • I wanted to see this badly. I'm glad it did well. AC App via Nexus 5
  • The movie sucked... Got through the first five minutes of it and quit... Good thing it was on potlucker. Posted via Android Central App- Via HTC One
  • Couldn't finish watching it. It was just a really stupid movie. And I usually like these two.