“The Interview,” the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300  movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.
The film also was available to U.S. online viewers through Google Inc’s Google Play and YouTube Movie, as well as on a Sony website, www.seetheinterview.com. It can be seen in Canada on the Sony site and Google Canada’s website.
Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming networks experienced widespread problems on Christmas Day as a hacker group claimed responsibility for what it said was an attack.
Hundreds of users took to Twitter to report problems with the systems, which lasted much of the day.
North Korea had called The Interview an Act of War- and now it is war Cyberwar
If North Korea were to maintain a constant stream of cyber attacks, then patriotic duty may require Americans and Japanese to repeatedly watch The Interview in theaters.
It then be interesting to see if The Interview could actually achieve a huge box office. This would probably require a far wider theatrical release.
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