‘The Interview’ Tops ‘Guardians,’ ‘Maze Runner’ on Google Streaming

By December 28, 2014

Who would’ve thought that Kim Jong-un could’ve outpaced Star-Lord and Rocket in anything?

According to a new piece from Variety, Sony Pictures’ The Interview has become the most popular film on Google’s for-pay video streaming outlets, including through the Google Play store and on YouTube. Of particular interest in the piece is that it notes that the controversial Sony film is currently more popular among customers than both The Maze Runner, director Wes Ball’s adaptation of the book by James Dashner, as well as Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel.

Guardians, which has been available to stream since last month, only recently bowed on home media this past December 9th, and currently holds the title of the highest grossing theatrical release of 2014. In many respects it was a surprise blockbuster smash, but the fact that The Interview is outdoing it on certain streaming outlets should certainly be indicative to people just how much interest has been generated by it.

At the center of a massive and unprecedented cyber attack on Sony Pictures, The Interview follows two American television journalists — one being a producer and the other being the star of a talk show — as they score an exclusive interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. When the CIA catches wind of this, they enlist the reporters to assassinate the country’s leader, which leads the inept duo into all sorts of trouble. Our review of the film found it to be relatively standard comedic fare in the pantheon of Rogen and Franco’s collaborations, with an unusually surprising and appreciated attention to detail concerning the country known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (or DPRK).

While the controversial film has been performing respectably in theaters when taking into account its somewhat spontaneous and limited theatrical release — grossing nearly $3 million this weekend — its expected to make the lion’s share of its earnings through the released VOD formats For more on the performance of The Interview, keep a tab open to GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.