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'The Interview' hits Netflix on Saturday after digital grosses reach $40 million

This photo released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows James Franco, left, as Dave and Seth Rogen as Aaron in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Ed Araquel
January 20, 2015 - 2:02 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Controversial comedy "The Interview" will be available to stream on Netflix in Canada and the U.S. starting on Saturday.

The streaming company announced the new acquisition on the same day that Sony Pictures said the film had hit US$40 million in digital sales, putting the comedy on track to eclipse "Bridesmaids" as the biggest online release ever.

In a statement, Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton called the total "a significant milestone."

The film has been playing on a variety of online and on-demand platforms. It has also added $6 million in box office, playing in select independent theatres.

In early 2012, "Bridesmaids" set the previous record for digital release with $40 million in video-on-demand and online sales.

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