After the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) confirmed that the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was in fact coming from North Korea and following an additional and far more sinister threat, the movie at the center of attention, “The Interview”, was pulled from theaters.
However, when Sony Pictures announced their decision to give into the threats made by North Korea’s Guardians of Peace, there was a tremendous backlash and a lot of mocking. Many celebrities and other high-profile people to include George Clooney felt the United States caved in, giving the attackers exactly what they wanted rather than stand strong.
Even President Obama criticized the way in which Sony Pictures handled the process of pulling the movie. To make matters worse, people around the country who voiced concerns felt strongly that by showing weakness, Sony would soon receive all types of copycat threats.
Facing such strong criticism from Americans, Sony finally decided to release the movie on YouTube, as well a number of other online venues starting Christmas Eve. Following that move, the company said The Interview would be released in certain theaters throughout the country, which it did.
According to the FBI, a criminal scheme was started by North Korea’s Pyongyang government and the result of the attack will cost Sony Pictures at least $100 million. In addition to the huge financial loss, the bigger issue is all the confidential emails and other company secrets that have now been exposed for the world to see. However, in talking to people on the street, the consensus is the same – the bullies lost.
At this time, it is reported that roughly 300 independent theaters showed The Interview on Christmas day. The movie is a comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. While it sounds horrific, people who have seen the movie agree it is actually quite comical and not threatening in any manner to Jong-un or North Korea itself.
In a statement from Rory Bruer, president of distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company is extremely grateful that people came out to see The Interview even though it was released in an unconventional way.
Although less than 10% of the theaters that were scheduled to show the movie actually allowed moviegoers to see it, theaters were sold out and the film earned more than $1 million in a single day.