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Online release of 'The Interview' rakes in $15m for Sony

More than two million downloads in just four days has made controversial comedy 'The Interview' Sony's most-downloaded title of all time.

Following its release on 24 December the film has made back a third of its $44m (£28m) budget, raking in $15m (£9.6m).

Starring James Franco and Seth Rogen the film tells the tale of a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and had previously been pulled following a cyber attack on Sony which lead to security fears.

Sony's decision to cancel the film's release attracted widespread criticism with President Barack Obama weighing in on 19 December to say Sony made a "mistake" in cancelling the planned release of the film.

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," said Obama in reference to Kim Jong-un.

"I wish they'd [Sony] spoke to me first. I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated.

According to reports there was also a "strong turnout" for The Interview's limited theatre release after a number of chains backed out of screenings.

Sony made the film available in the US and Canada through YouTube and Google Play, Microsoft Xbox Video and its dedicated website.

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