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'The Interview' digital grosses total $31 million from 4.3 million transactions, Sony says

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." Sony Pictures Entertainment says that “The Interview” has made more than $31 million from its online and on-demand release. The studio on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, announced digital figures for the film spanning its first 11 days of release since Dec. 24. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Ed Araquel)
January 06, 2015 - 6:10 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sony Pictures' "The Interview" has made more than $31 million from its online and on-demand release, according to the studio.

Sony announced digital figures Tuesday for the film spanning its first 11 days of release since debuting Dec. 24. Sony had previously said the film made $15 million in its first four days online, so demand for the Seth Rogen comedy has slightly declined as Sony has added more platforms.

While $31 million constitutes the most lucrative digital release for a Hollywood film, "The Interview" stood to make more in a wide theatrical release. It had originally been forecast to earn about $30 million in its opening weekend alone.

Still, the significant total represents a sizable recoup for Sony after the film appeared dead. After hackers the FBI have said are North Korean threatened violence in theatres showing the film, North America's top theatre chains pulled out of showing "The Interview" and Sony cancelled its release entirely.

But cobbled-together release in independent theatres and digital outlets has proven modestly successful. Playing in select theatres, "The Interview" has made about $5 million in two weeks. It's currently playing in 558 theatres, far less than the approximately 3,000 it originally planned to open in.

Sony has steadily increased digital operators in the last week, adding cable on-demand providers to a range of streaming options like YouTube and iTunes. The studio said the film has been rented, streamed or purchased 4.3 million times.

While the grosses will be divided with each distributor, Sony could potentially earn back the roughly $40 million production budget for the comedy.

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