'The Interview' lands on iTunes as Sony's best-selling online movie ever

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  • Reply 41 of 67
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,616member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    I agree with you. I mock all of the people who went out and spent their money to watch this movie in the name of "freedom of speech". What a bunch of ignoramuses. And in addition to that $40 million, there's also tens of millions in promotion spent, so the overall figure is much higher of course.

    The total cost of the movie was 60 million dollars which they will easily re-coop. I wanted to,see this movie after seeing the trailers earlier this year and I think that if people were motivated to watch it only after all of the hoo hah about free speech then they are
    a) not the target audience and
    b) probably not going to enjoy it and finally
    c) are a bit thick.

    I watched the film late on Christmas night with friends and we enjoyed it for what it is. Either you like their style of movie or you don't.
  • Reply 42 of 67
    jakeb wrote: »
    Smart quick reversal by Apple. It's a shame that YouTube got airtime as being a place to watch real movies. 

    Yeah, I agree. People can be quite fickle. I'd rather they supported Apple rather than Google for watching movies.
    YouTube can keep the amateur fluff and especially the classy commenters.
  • Reply 43 of 67

    Too late, Sony.

     

    I tried for a couple of days to give you my money.

    Before i gave up, kinda.

     

    Don't let the "Not available in your region" hit you on the ass on the way out.

  • Reply 44 of 67
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    ascii wrote: »
    The closedown period wasn't over. They probably released it because they saw the other online streaming services making a fortune off it.

    What I hope movie studios take away from this is that you can make a lot of money releasing online at the same time as the cinema (rather than taking away that you can make a lot of money by making a lot of hype).

    Nobody made a fortune off of it. Sony said online sales were $15M. That's pocket change to Apple.
  • Reply 45 of 67
    runbuhrunbuh Posts: 315member
    The failure of comprehension here lies with you and you alone (and, well, the others who don’t seem to get it).
    APPLE CLOSES ALL SUBMISSIONS TO THEIR STORES A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND DOESN'T OPEN THEM UNTIL AFTER NEW YEAR'S.
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Yeah, I was wrong about the timeframe.</span>

    Failure of comprehension is rampant when one doesn't have all the facts
  • Reply 46 of 67
    rogifan wrote: »
    Nobody made a fortune off of it. Sony said online sales were $15M. That's pocket change to Apple.

    By that measure there there is no individual item on iTunes that would ever be a fortune to Apple so nothing should ever be sold on iTunes. The only relevant, short-term question I see is: was there money to be made from the hosting the rental and purchase of the film?
  • Reply 47 of 67
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post





    Nobody made a fortune off of it. Sony said online sales were $15M. That's pocket change to Apple.



    That's not the way it works though, Apple makes their billions hundreds and thousands at a time. It's not like they don't get up in the morning for anything less than a billion. Anyone would be kicking themselves if they missed out on making a few million by the mere act of not putting a digital file up on a server.

  • Reply 48 of 67
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member
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    Originally Posted by Mobius View Post



    While not directly related, I'm surprised this news item didn't mention the Christmas Day Sony PSN and Microsoft Xbox Live hacks which meant millions of gamers could not use their consoles on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.



    What a mean spirited act that was.

  • Reply 49 of 67
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member

    And by the way, I’m not going to watch the movie. First, the hackers (whoever they are, GOP, DPRK, Hillary Clinton, KKK, Ted Cruz) tried to prevent me from seeing it. Now the news media and the culture say it’s my patriotic duty to watch it. So damned if I do and damed if I don’t. So I’ll sit on my ass like a typical American while this pop culture fad passes me by.

  • Reply 50 of 67
    Originally Posted by runbuh View Post

    Failure of comprehension is rampant when one doesn't have all the facts

     

    More so when you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Guess who was completely wrong.

  • Reply 51 of 67
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,418member

    ...They really should have saved it for "H. L. Mencken Day"...

  • Reply 52 of 67
    apple ][ wrote: »

    Don't you and other hypocrites believe in freedom of speech anymore? How ironic.

    Why shouldn't there be an Obama assassination movie? There was a Bush movie I recall.

    What 'freedom of speech'? There are laws against yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater (and both sides of the political extreme are full of nut cases), or threatening the life of a President.

    (Incidentally, name-calling is disallowed on AI. I will not report you this time).
  • Reply 53 of 67

    Sony doth protest too much.   I think they tried to pull their own "Springtime for Hitler".

  • Reply 54 of 67
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jakeb View Post

     

    Smart quick reversal by Apple. It's a shame that YouTube got airtime as being a place to watch real movies. 


     

    its not a reversal when you say "we cant do it that quickly" and then do it when youre able to.

  • Reply 55 of 67
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    Originally Posted by jameskatt2 View Post



    This smells like a publicity stunt.

     

    wrong. the US govt confirmed the hack and threat, and the leaked documents did major harm to Sony and its employees and partners, some of whom are suing. thats not a stunt, thats a hack.

  • Reply 56 of 67
    More so when you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Guess who was completely wrong.
    You and I both were completely wrong at various times during these Sony discussions, both based on a lack of data. Folks like NasserAE helped to enlighten, while you continue to be your asinine self (after others had to enlighten YOU in the other thread).
  • Reply 57 of 67
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    Originally Posted by hillstones View Post

     

    Maybe Sony needed this stunt to get people to watch it.  It would have failed in the theater.


     

    hmm so youre telling me its the first boring, dumb comedy movie? surely not -- these movies come out all the time and they make their money back. it's a business. Rogan's movies havent been failures so i have no reason to believe this one would have been the exception.

  • Reply 58 of 67
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    Originally Posted by eim23x View Post



    Why pay for it, its been on the torrents and to give $6 to rent it is a joke and also to

    pay $15 on iTunes or You Tube lol

     

    while i feel $6 is too high, it's not exactly a joke -- its half of what id pay at my local theater.

  • Reply 59 of 67
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    Originally Posted by gijoeinla View Post



    WHO CARES!!!!!!

     

    evidently you, since you: 1) read the headline. 2) clicked it. 3) read the story. 4) commented on the story.

     

    lotta investment for not caring.

  • Reply 60 of 67
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by irnchriz View Post



    The total cost of the movie was 60 million dollars which they will easily re-coop. I wanted to,see this movie after seeing the trailers earlier this year and I think that if people were motivated to watch it only after all of the hoo hah about free speech then they are

    a) not the target audience and

    b) probably not going to enjoy it and finally

    c) are a bit thick.

     

    what a thick thing to believe. people in the US take attacks on our freedom of speech and constitution very seriously. when "Deep Throat" was banned even little old ladies went to the theaters to stand up for what we believe in -- the right to see something, even if it's low-brow or crappy. it's the basis of our nation and its part of our DNA. to say that standing up for or practicing that right in the name of principle is thick is just ignorant. 

     

    meanwhile, the UK has banned face-sitting in porn. say hi to big brother for me.

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