The Interview is the top selling movie of 2014 on Google Play

The Interview is the top selling movie of 2014 on Google Play
Even though it was only released last week, "The Interview" was the top selling movie for Google Play in 2014. Google also said that the film was tops over at YouTube, as well. No specific sales figure was released by Google, for either site. Sony said that since becoming available on Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video and Sony's site, the movie has generated $15 million in revenue. On Sunday, Apple started streaming "The Interview" over iTunes.

In addition to the strong sales it scored online, "The Interview" generated $2.84 million over the weekend from its limited theatrical release. Over 300 theaters showed the comedy about two members of the media who are asked to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un by the CIA. North Korea reacted to the film by allegedly hacking in to Sony's computer network. A subsequent threat against theaters led to a number of them canceling the film. Sony then announced that it would pull its distribution of the movie, a decision that was denounced by President Obama.

After a few days, and with cooler heads prevailing, Sony decided on the limited theatrical run and online streaming of the movie. Google Play offered the film to Android users at a price of $5.99 to rent, and $14.99 to own. As it turns out, 20,000 Android handsets whose owners tried to illegally download "The Interview" on their phones, installed a version of the movie with malware included. The trojan apparently played havoc with some South Korean banks, stealing personal information and blanking out bank cards allowing for thefts from ATMs.

Thankfully, the malware infected versions of the movie appeared only on copies downloaded from torrent sites. Those who used Google Play or YouTube to download the movie on their Android phone, are safe.

source: Bloomberg

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26 Comments

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Good for Sony!...

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I watched the film through torrent download. How do i know if it was infected with malware? Or the malwarething is just to scare people from using torrent?

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I watched it from a torrent site too, I had no choice because Google Play and Youtube doesn't offer movies in my country yet. If it was available, I would've happily paid for it. So, can't blame us for using torrent to watch this movie.

6. JnCrls unregistered

You can watch it here legally: seetheinterview.com

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

It's available for US and Canada at the moment, I'm not from US or Canada, so yeah.

8. SPASE

Posts: 254; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yeah, my neighbour imported a car that's not sold in my country, so I stole it,,, can't blame me for that, if they sold it in my country I would happily pay for it.... sounds right???

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not a correct comparison. Stealing someone's car means you're TAKING AWAY away a possession from an individual. Whereas, torrent works on principle of SHARING which is not the same thing as stealing as it does not deprive anyone of their purchase. Its like your neighbor buying an imported car and giving it away to someone else after using it for 5-10 years when he is done using it.

11. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

One of the most stupid logic I read today. If your neighbor imported a car and you stole it, you are stealing someone else property, and denying them from using it like when it wasn't stolen. Kruze on the other hand, downloaded a copy of movie which he couldn't watch otherwise. He didn't affect sony's profit in any way, if anything I think he(or she) improved it, by talking and commenting about it.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

What a stupid approach. That's distributor's faults that he failed to deliver its services to customer. I recently downloaded pirated version of tweak for iOS8 just because I can't buy it coz officially it supports only iOS7 and cydia doesn't allow that. If It is available to buy I'll do it immedietely. I know it's wrong because dev doesn't money but damn, he doesn't want them from me then.

9. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

The EXCLUSIVE malware included?

27. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

Malware versions were coupled with Android apps. Technically they could also be coupled in zip or rar version of the movie, or even wmv's.. But I have not heard of that yet with this movie. I can't encourage use of pirating software. (I am sure its against the TOS here), however if you come across an avi or mkv, you are realitively assured safety.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Kudos to Sony for not cancelling the movie and release it online, this is like Sony gave a middle finger to the hackers that hacked Sony just because of the damn movie. I had no choice but to watch it from an unofficial website, because Google Play and Youtube in my country haven't offer movies yet. But good movie anyways.

13. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I wonder how well this movie would have done, if this entire facade didn't play around it. The movie itself is a piece of crap, even for it's genre.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It was decidedly mediocre. North Korea (or whomever) gave this movie the best viral marketing campaign a movie has ever received, and it didn't cost the producers a dime. It probably would have done alright, but not great. This group of guys has been making movies for $30-40 million, and typically clear $100 million at the box office. It probably would have done $80 mil or so simply on its laurels, if it weren't for this whole mess. They may not make Oscar contenders, but they know how to make movies that make money.

15. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I know their movies are making some nice money. It's also personal taste, there is a group of actors I never find funny (with a few exceptions). Franco and Rogen happen to be two of them (although as a serious actor, I do appreciate Franco).

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm kinda the opposite. As a serious actor, James Franco bores the everloving snot out of me. The one group I can't stand is the Stiller/Vaughn/Ferrell bunch. Them and Adam Sandler. "This is Spinal Tap" is funny. "Airplane" is funny. Monty Python is funny. "Anchorman" is about as funny as getting repeatedly hit on the head with Gallagher's sledgehammer with the word "funny" written on it.

17. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Lol I like your wording.. And same here, those guys aren't funny at all (although I did appreciate the longest yard).

23. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Watch the original with Burt Reynolds, if you haven't already. Much better. Also, "Mean Machine", which is a British football (soccer) remake of the same story.

24. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Those two are way better, I agree. Just love the stupidity of mainly the other characters and ofcourse Chris rocks...

18. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Let me guess, it's just a another US bullcrap propaganda. From the same country that destroyed Iraq for no reason whatsoever and led to the creation of ISIS. I think I'm done with their zionist bs.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yet you are using a technology based upon them, go figure, have fun with no technology....oh wait, you cant give that up can you...

21. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Technology built thanks to powerful economy, which was achieved through wiping out indigenous population of America and slavery to be precise. I've never said US products are bad. Thue definitely have great software, but when it comes to mechanical stuff then they suck compared to EU. US cars, tanks, planes, guns they're pretty much inferior to what EU/Japan can offer. There was a good reason why the US stole the Nazi scientists. So please get off that high horse of yours. The USA have good tech and are leading in some areas, but in all of them.

22. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You clearly are an idiot.. Cars brake? Wow.. Also he doesn't need to get off his high horse when you dumb a$$ is generalizing about the US. Retards like yourself like to point fingers when something happens in their country versus Manning up. US is the least of the problems for Iraq.. Also how about you fix your damn teeth

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haha, "destroyed" don't make me laugh. That god forsaken desert dump of a city still stands unfortunately. Just because you don't agree doesn't mean it was "for no reason".

19. IcanBEATali

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 24, 2009

Let me help you in your "reporting"... Sony didn't pull the movie... needing "cooler heads to prevail" to release it. They pulled the theatrical release at Christmas because of the choices of other companies. Never did they say that the movie wouldn't be released at all. On the contrary, the following are quotes from Sony and Sony Entertainment CEO Micheal Lynton "We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie" "We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters." "It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."

26. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

And it's only been out for a week!

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