Saturday 20 January 2018

Kim Jong Un comedy takes £283,000

Seth Rogen and James Franco star in The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco star in The Interview

A controversial film about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took more than quarter of a million pounds at the box office in its first week.

The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, had its US release cancelled late last year following a hacking plot of the Sony Pictures studio in which terror threats were made against cinemas planning to screen it.

Figures from the British Film Institute show it took £283,811 in ticket sales at 287 cinemas across the UK in its first week.

It was the 10th highest-grossing film of the week with Disney's Big Hero 6 topping the chart, taking more than £2.5 million.

The film was at the centre of an international controversy after t he FBI insisted the online attack was carried out by North Korea and, after much political and celebrity pressure, the film was eventually shown online and in a limited number of cinemas.

The hack resulted in thousands of internal Sony files leaked online eventually leading to Amy Pascal stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and head of the film studio.

The hack revealed she had made inappropriate comments about President Obama's movie preferences, after which she apologised.

Press Association

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