ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 25: General view of the Plaza Theatre marquee during Sony Pictures’ release of “The Interview” at the Plaza Theatre on, Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sony hackers have been releasing stolen information and threatened attacks on theaters that screened the film. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)
The critics panned “The Interview,” but that didn’t stop Christmas-goers across the country from packing theaters for the Christmas Day release. Hundreds of theaters throughout the country aired the movie featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong il sparked enough outrage that hackers threatened Sony employees and movie-goers. The threats derailed the initial release to thousands of theaters. After criticism for pulling the movie, Sony agreed to a limited theatrical release along with an online release via Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and a separate Sony website.
“We are taking a stand for freedom,” theater manager Lee Peterson of the Cinema Village East in Manhattan, told Fox News. “We want to show the world that Americans will not be told what we can or cannot watch. Personally, I am not afraid.”