The move means Sony can fill a conspicuous hole in its online distribution strategyfor the movie. Since Wednesday, the film had been available via Googles Play and YouTube stores, Microsofts Xbox, and Sonys own site.
In a brief statement, Apple says that its pleased to offer The Interview for rental or purchase on the iTunes Store, but doesnt explain the supposed delay in doing so.
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On Dec. 17, amid terrorist threats from the same group that hacked its computer systems, Sony canceled the theatrical release of the movie, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un.
But a week later, the studio reinstated its Christmas Day premiere in select independent cinemas and made the movie available online.
Sony has announced that The Interview grossed more than $1 million in ticket sales during its Christmas Day opening. More auspiciously, the studio says that the movie has generated $15 million in online sales since Christmas Eve a figure thats expected to significantly increase now that the movie has been made available on Apples iTunes as well.