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2015-01-07 17:00

Los Angele - Controversial North Korea satire The Interview has made over $31m on the internet and other small-screen formats, Sony's best-grossing online film ever, the studio said on Tuesday.

Including box office takings the movie has made some $36m, approaching its reported $44m budget, according to the Hollywood studio.

The Interview, which triggered a hacking attack on Sony Pictures blamed by US authorities on Pyongyang, has been rented or bought online and through cable, satellite, and telecom providers more than 4.3 million times, it said.

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That makes it the studio's number one online film of all time, it said, announcing updated figures from 24 December through to 4 January.

The figures do not include earnings from some 580 theatres which have screened the movie. Box office takings there total some $5m so far, a Sony Pictures statement said.

Sony Pictures initially resisted demands by hackers that it cancel the film's planned 25 December release date. But it gave in the week before Christmas, before changing its mind again and releasing it from 24 December.

Online the movie is available via Google Play; YouTube Movies; Microsoft's Xbox Video; iTunes; VUDU, Walmart's digital VOD service; PlayStation Network; Amazon Instant Video; and through a dedicated website.

The film, which tells the story of a fictitious CIA plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, is also available with leading US cable, satellite, and telecom providers' video-on-demand (VOD) services.


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