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The raunchy comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made almost as much money through online distribution and in limited theatres in its opening weekend as it would have in a wide release that was shelved after threats from hackers.


The studio said on Sunday the film had been purchased or rented online more than 2 million times on the four days through Saturday, making it Sony Pictures' No. 1 online movie of all time.


"That is a huge number," said Jeff Bock http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/rickey-henderson/ , a box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations.


"This is almost what it was going to do theatrically before it was pulled. It made about what people expected, but in a completely different way."


The film that triggered the devastating cyberattack on the studio last month, which the United States says was launched by North Korea http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/ozzie-smith/ , opened Thursday in 331 independent theatres with a $1 million box office and $1.8 million over the subsequent three days, according to Sony. Many filmgoers and theatre owners said they supported the film in the name of free speech.


The $44 million film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco had been expected to gross at least $20 million in its opening holiday weekend if it had gone to wide release, according to Boxoffice.


After large movie theatre chains http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/eric-hosmer/ , like AMC and Regal Entertainment, refused to screen the comedy following threats of violence from hackers who opposed the film, Sony stitched together a limited release in theatres and a $5.99 video-on-demand (VOD) rental and $14.99 purchase option on YouTube Movies http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/cory-spangenberg/ , Google Play, Microsoft Xbox Video and a dedicated site starting Dec. 24.


Sony had been fiercely criticized by top Hollywood talent and President Barack Obama for what many considered caving to the hackers. Sony maintained it had no choice but to pull the wide release and immediately began looking for alternative platforms with technology companies.


'WEIRD WATCHING THIS ON TV'


It was still unclear whether Sony, which is still struggling with the impact of the cyberattack http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/wil-myers/ , would recoup the money it spent to make the film and the $30 million or $40 million in estimated marketing costs.


But in a sign of the film's power and place in the cultural debate, Apple Inc said on Sunday it plans to carry the movie for rental and purchase on iTunes, the biggest and most-popular online content store.


"The Apple component will be significant http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/rollie-fingers/ ," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at tracking firm Rentrak. "I’ve heard anecdotes of people who have never downloaded a movie on iTunes doing that for this movie."


"The Interview" is now considered by experts a test case for simultaneous VOD and theatrical release, a taboo topic for the movie theatre chains that want to retain their exclusive window.


"It’ll be interesting to see how quickly industry moves forward with these kinds of services http://www.cheapmlbpadresjerseys.com/dave-winfield/ ," Bock said. "This is money they don’t need to share with the movie chains and that’s a big deal. It could shake a lot of things up."


The film's unconventional rollout has also been a hot topic on social media. Rogen took to Twitter on Sunday to live tweet a viewing of "The Interview," in which Rogen and Franco play two journalists who snag an interview with Kim and then are enlisted by the CIA to take him out.


"It's at this point that I gotta say it's (expletive) weird I am watching this on TV right now," Rogen tweeted.




by Xinhua writers Gu Zhenqiu, Shi Xiaomeng, Hu Yousong


DIXVILLE NOTCH, the United States, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Seven voters remained calm as they were casting their ballots at the stroke of midnight in Dixville Notch, a tiny town in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of New Hampshire, kicking off the U.S. presidential elections on Tuesday.


They all knew they were the first in-person voters on the Election Day, hours before a great majority of their fellow American voters, as the tradition makes this small town better known in the country, or even in the world, for early voting.


An absentee voter brought the total number of voters in this remote community to eight -- Nancy DePalma registered as a voter at the polling station just seconds after the start of the midnight voting process.


In sharp contrast, some of the live broadcasting correspondents turned out to be more excited than the voters themselves. At one point, a female TV correspondent pronounced "Dixnotch Ville," the name of the first-in-the-nation town since 1960, when she was speaking into her microphone.


Clay Smith, 30, was chosen as the first to vote by traditional lottery drawing. "This is my first time to be the first to vote," the calm Smith said about his experience, "this is just another night."


He did not answer the question raised by another reporter whether he felt honored to be the first voter in the quadrennial U.S. presidential elections.


Tom Tillotson, who moderated the voting on Tuesday, told Xinhua that he did not vote for either of the two presidential candidates -- Donald Trump of the Republican Party and his rival Hillary Clinton who is a Democrat, but a little-known independent candidate.


The voting process, which started at 0000 EST (0500 GMT) on Tuesday, lasted some 10 seconds.


Hillary Clinton won four votes while Trump garnered two, the rest of the ballots went to independent candidates.


One voter, who asked not to be identified, told Xinhua that he did not like either of the two presidential candidates as they were both haunted by scandals. He said he did not want to vote for a presidential candidate who was probed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the other one who.
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