While the recent hack and leaks may have cost Sony millions of dollars, it also managed to get the controversial satirical movie The Interview a lot of attention. If the voluminous amount of illegal downloads weren t enough of an indication, the Seth Rogen and James Franco starrer title is now on top of YouTube s Popular Right Now chart. Also Read - YouTube gets over 10 billion downloads on Google Play storeAlso Read - How to delete YouTube search history in simple steps
On Wednesday, Sony announced that it was releasing The Interview on Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video, SeeTheInterview.com, and about 300 movie theaters. The Japanese media conglomerate, however, only released the movie for the US citizens. That was the reason why in within less than 24 hours since release, the movie was downloaded over 900,000 times (updated stats). Also Read - Google, YouTube, Gmail suffered massive outage last night: Here’s what happened
According to Variety, the movie managed to make $1 million from the ticket stubs on the day of release. Its digital earnings, however, are not known yet. Besides the fact that the movie is being illegally downloaded, Sony s built-in DRM protection system also failed to do its job properly. So in essence anyone who rented the movie by paying $5.99, could simply share the link with friends. Sony is yet to officially reveal the digital takings.