‘The Interview’ takes over $1 million (£642,000) on its first day

The film was finally given a limited cinema release on Christmas Day

Controversial film The Interview has taken over $1 million (£642,000) on its first day of release.

As previously reported, the film was finally shown on Christmas Day in selected cinemas across the US following incidents that had previously threatened its release.

The film’s release was originally pulled after Sony Pictures was hacked and terror threats were issued in the event that it were screened as planned. The movie, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, follows two American journalists recruited to kill Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea.

Now, as Digital Spy reports, the film has already grossed over $1 million solely from takings on Christmas Day.

Speaking about the reception, Sony Pictures worldwide distribution president Rory Bruer said, “The audience reaction was fantastic – the limited release, in under 10% of the amount of theatres originally planned, featured numerous sellouts and a first-day gross over $1 million.” He continued: “Considering the incredibly challenging circumstances, we are extremely grateful to the people all over the country who came out to experience The Interview on the first day of its unconventional release.”

The film was reportedly shown in 331 independent cinemas in total.

The Interview is also available to watch online, via a dedicated website and YouTube and Google Play, and Microsoft’s Xbox Video platform.

It is currently only available in America.