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The Interview (2014)

The Interview poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $6,105,175Details
International Box Office $6,237,457Details
Worldwide Box Office $12,342,632
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $3,927,925 Details
Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,583,317 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $7,511,242
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  5. Video Sales
  6. Full Financials
  7. Cast & Crew
  8. Trailer


Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Production Budget:$44,000,000
Domestic Releases: February 6th, 2014 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
December 25th, 2014 (Limited) by Sony Pictures
International Releases: February 6th, 2015 (Wide) (Spain)
February 6th, 2015 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
February 12th, 2015 (Wide) (Australia)
Video Release: December 25th, 2014 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence.
(Rating bulletin 2349, 11/19/2014)
Running Time: 111 minutes
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Keywords: Investigative Journalist, North Korea, C.I.A., Hitmen, Political Assassination, Political, Directing Yourself, Screenplay Written By the Star
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Point Grey, Sony Pictures, LStar Capital
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Christmas (Opening, 3-Day) 124 $1,794,666 Dec 26, 2014 4
Christmas (Opening, 3-Day, Inflation Adjusted) 129 $1,970,398 Dec 26, 2014 4

Leading Cast

   Aaron Rapaport
   Dave Skylark

Supporting Cast

Lizzy Caplan    Agent Lacey
Randall Park    Kim Jong Un
Diana Bang    Propaganda Minister Sook
James Yi    Kim's Security Chief-Officer Koh
Tim Simons    Malcolm
Reese Alexander    Agent Botwin
Paul Bae    Officer Yu
Geoff Gustafson    Cole
Dominique Lalonde    Jackie
Anders Holm    Jake
Charles Rahi Chun    General Jong
Colin Foo    Train Passenger
Willem Jacobson    Drone Pilot
Jason Cox    Paparazzi
John Coughlin    Helicopter Pilot
Daniel Park    Korean AD
Justin Lee    Squad Leader
Don Lew    Tape Operator
Andrew Chin    Video Switcher
Jung Jin Park    Video Switcher
Dan Sterling    Tech Specialist
Fred Henderson    News Anchor
Dan Shea    Cab Driver
Tommy Chang    Presidential Guard
Joe Mande    Joe
Alice Wetterlund    Alice
Stacey Turner    News Anchor
Sam Catlin    News Anchor


Guy Fieri    Himself
Ben Schwartz    Eminem's Publicist
Eminem    Himself
Rob Lowe    Himself
Bill Maher    Himself
Seth Meyers    Himself
Joseph Gordon-Levitt    Himself

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits

Dan Sterling    Screenwriter
Seth Rogen    Story Creator
Evan Goldberg    Story Creator
Dan Sterling    Story Creator
Seth Rogen    Producer
Evan Goldberg    Producer
James Weaver    Producer
Dan Sterling    Executive Producer
Kyle Hunter    Executive Producer
Ariel Shaffir    Executive Producer
James Franco    Executive Producer
Shawn Williamson    Executive Producer
Ben Waisbren    Executive Producer
Jon Billington    Production Designer
Zene Baker    Editor
Evan Henke    Editor
Henry Jackman    Composer
Brandon Trost    Director of Photography
Alexandria McAtee    Co-Producer
Jonathan Karp    Music Supervisor
Jim Steuart    Art Director
Julian Ashby    Art Director
Johanne Hubert    Set Decorator
Carla Hetland    Costume Designer
Chris Duesterdiek    Sound Mixer
Michael Babcock    Sound Designer
Eric A. Norris    Sound Designer
Michael Babcock    Supervising Sound Editor
Eric A. Norris    Supervising Sound Editor
Michael Babcock    Re-recording Mixer
David Giammarco    Re-recording Mixer
Paul Linden    Visual Effects Supervisor
Diana Ibanez    Visual Effects Producer
Howard Berger    Special Make-up Effects
Gregory Nicotero    Special Make-up Effects
Jonathan Watson    Assistant Director
Francine Maisler    Casting Director
Scott Ateah    Stunt Coordinator

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

DVD Sales: Hero Saves the Day

March 15th, 2015

New releases earned the top three spots on the DVD sales chart this week. This includes Big Hero 6, which opened in first place with 963,000 units / $14.44. This isn't at the same level as Frozen opened with, but it is already the second best selling DVD in 2015. More...

DVD Sales: Eight is Enough for DVD

March 8th, 2015

Every single film in the top five of the DVD sales chart were new releases, as were eight of the top ten films. Game of Thrones: Season Four earned first place with 241,000 units / $7.23 million during its first week of release. It is hard to be upset about that start. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Game of Thrones is Not Playing Around

March 8th, 2015

The top four films on this week's Blu-ray sales chart and nine of the top twenty were new releases. The number one release was Game of Thrones: Season Four, which sold 286,000 units and generated $9.98 million in sales. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 54%, which is incredible compared to the average TV on DVD release. Then again, Game of Thrones isn't the average TV show. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for February 17th, 2015

February 16th, 2015

This is the best week on the home market in a long time. Game of Thrones is one of the best TV shows on at the moment, if not the best TV show, and its DVD and Blu-ray is Pick of the Week material. Additionally, there are a few potential Oscar winners hitting the home market this week as well. On the down side, there is not a lot of depth. Birdman, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and The Theory of Everything are all up for Oscars next weekend and all of them are worth picking up. Life Itself was snubbed by Oscar voters, but it too is a must have. However, in the end, I went with Game of Thrones for Pick of the Week. More...

Per Theater Chart: Sniper Still Calling the Shots

January 13th, 2015

American Sniper poster

There was only one new release in the $10,000 club, which left American Sniper with an easy victory. It pulled in an average of $144,880 in four theaters, making it the first film ever to earn an per theater average of $100,000 or more for three weeks. Second place went to A Most Violent Year with an average of $29,135, also in four theaters. Taken 3 was the best of the new releases with an average of $10,908, just ahead of Song of the Sea with an average of $10,470. More...

Per Theater Chart: 2015 Starts as 2014 Ended

January 6th, 2015

American Sniper poster

There were very few new films that came out during the first weekend of 2015, so it should come as no surprise that the per theater chart looked mostly the same as it did last weekend. This includes the top of the chart, American Sniper, which earned an average of $169,227 in four theaters, which is 7% higher than last weekend. That bodes well for its planned wide release later in the month. The best new release was A Most Violent Year, which opened with an average of $43,197, also in four theaters. This film should also expand significantly over the coming weeks. Selma was next with an average of $28,781 in 22 theaters. Inherent Vice earned an average of $15,712 in 16 theaters. It is expanding wide in just a few days, so this is a great result. Two Days, One Night was right behind with an average of $15,628 in two theaters. The Imitation Game was roughly even with last week with an average of $10,308. Leviathan rose earning an average of $10,300 in three theaters. More...

Per Theater Chart: American Shoots for the Top

December 31st, 2014

American Sniper poster

American Sniper led the way on the per theater chart with an estimated average of $152,500 in four theaters. This is the second best per theater average of the year, behind just The Grand Budapest Hotel and ahead of The Imitation Game. Second place for the weekend was Selma, which earned an average of $30,076 in 19 theaters during their Oscar-qualifying run. Two Days, One Night was a surprise entry in the $10,000 club earning an average of $24,118 in two theaters. It earned amazing reviews, but it didn't have as much buzz behind it as other film's that opening on Christmas. Into the Woods was the best of the wide releases in the $10,000 club earning an average of $12,726 in 2,440 theaters. Last week's winner, Inherent Vice, was next with an estimated average of $12,500 in 16 theaters. The overall box office leader, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, earned an average of $10,689, while The Imitation Game was right behind with $10,618. The final film in the $10,000 club was Mr. Turner with an average of $10,498 in 24 theaters. More...

Contest: Story Time

December 18th, 2014

Christmas is next week and as always, there are a number of films trying to take advantage of the holiday. This year, that number was supposed to be three, but The Interview has been pulled from the movie schedule indefinitely. That leaves Into the Woods and Unbroken and of the two, Into the Woods will very likely be the bigger film. As such, it is the clear choice for for the target film for this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Into the Woods.

Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of The Brittany Murphy Story on DVD. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of The Brittany Murphy Story on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

2014 Preview: December

December 1st, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential. More...

Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/12/26 16 $1,794,666   331 $5,422   $2,880,952 1
2015/01/02 18 $1,085,515 -40% 581 $1,868   $4,960,726 2
2015/01/09 24 $409,701 -62% 581 $705   $5,762,088 3
2015/01/16 41 $100,095 -76% 163 $614   $6,018,129 4
2015/01/23 47 $37,814 -62% 78 $485   $6,105,175 5

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2014/12/25 - $1,086,286   331 $3,282   $1,086,286 1
2014/12/26 - $723,881 -33% 331 $2,187   $1,810,167 2
2014/12/27 - $627,502 -13% 331 $1,896   $2,437,669 3
2014/12/28 - $443,283 -29% 331 $1,339   $2,880,952 4
2014/12/29 - $267,843 -40% 331 $809   $3,148,795 5
2014/12/30 - $232,447 -13% 331 $702   $3,381,242 6
2014/12/31 - $171,536 -26% 339 $506   $3,552,778 7
2015/01/01 - $322,433 +88% 361 $893   $3,875,211 8
2015/01/02 - $439,877 +36% 581 $757   $4,315,088 9
2015/01/03 - $406,808 -8% 581 $700   $4,721,896 10
2015/01/04 - $238,830 -41% 581 $411   $4,960,726 11
2015/01/05 17 $104,198 -56% 581 $179   $5,064,924 12
2015/01/06 - $108,006 +4% 581 $186   $5,172,930 13
2015/01/07 - $97,113 -10% 581 $167   $5,270,043 14
2015/01/08 - $82,344 -15% 581 $142   $5,352,387 15
2015/01/09 - $133,390 +62% 581 $230   $5,485,777 16
2015/01/10 - $176,104 +32% 581 $303   $5,661,881 17
2015/01/11 - $100,207 -43% 581 $172   $5,762,088 18
2015/01/12 - $36,712 -63% 581 $63   $5,798,800 19
2015/01/13 - $47,843 +30% 581 $82   $5,846,643 20
2015/01/14 - $39,342 -18% 581 $68   $5,885,985 21
2015/01/15 - $32,049 -19% 581 $55   $5,918,034 22
2015/01/16 - $30,260 -6% 163 $186   $5,948,294 23
2015/01/17 - $43,333 +43% 163 $266   $5,991,627 24
2015/01/18 - $26,502 -39% 163 $163   $6,018,129 25
2015/01/19 - $15,327 -42% 163 $94   $6,033,456 26
2015/01/20 - $10,860 -29% 163 $67   $6,044,316 27
2015/01/21 - $11,417 +5% 163 $70   $6,055,733 28
2015/01/22 - $11,628 +2% 163 $71   $6,067,361 29

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2014/12/19 22 $1,086,286   331 $3,282   $1,086,286 1
2014/12/26 17 $2,788,925 +157% 361 $7,726   $3,875,211 2
2015/01/02 18 $1,477,176 -47% 581 $2,542   $5,352,387 3
2015/01/09 24 $565,647 -62% 581 $974   $5,918,034 4
2015/01/16 39 $149,327 -74% 163 $916   $6,067,361 5

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Box Office
Australia 2/12/2015 $430,125 186 189 456 $893,611 7/1/2015
Spain 2/6/2015 $0 0 1 1 $912,290 6/26/2015
United Kingdom 2/6/2015 $0 0 0 0 $0
Rest of World $4,431,556
International Total$6,237,457 7/1/2015

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/22/20153205,774 205,774$2,055,682$2,055,6829
3/1/2015559,620-71% 265,394$595,604$2,651,28610
3/8/20151222,197-63% 287,591$221,748$2,873,03411
3/15/20152320,947-6% 308,538$209,261$3,082,29512

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
2/22/20152150,694 150,694$1,965,053$1,965,0539
3/1/2015635,101-77% 185,795$475,969$2,441,02210
3/8/2015913,682-61% 199,477$185,938$2,626,96011
3/15/20151313,135-4% 212,612$177,718$2,804,67812

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