Aside from the whole near international incident thing, terrorist threats and even criticism from the president, the ridiculous comedy “The Interview” has made Sony $31 million from online sales and been legally downloaded 4.3 million times, according to CNN Money.
Sony also reported that it is the studio’s most-streamed film of all time. In addition to the $31 million it’s made online so far, the studio has made $5 million from the hundreds of independent theaters around the country that also showed the film. It cost $44 million to make, so Sony has a bit to go to break even, but who knows how much it could still rake in.
“The Interview” is also one of the most heavily pirated films of all time. As of the end of 2014, Torrent Freak reports that it was streamed about 2.5 million times, a “number that could double when illicit streaming sites and cyberlockers are added to the mix.”
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai opened his address at CES earlier this week talking about the debacle, thanking the Sony employees who worked through the hack and helped get the film online, adding: “Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of associations — those are very important lifelines of Sony and our entertainment business.”
God bless America.