2014 Was a Hollywood Game Changer | Sharon Waxman | LinkedIn.
the last-minute distribution of “The Interview” as a day and date release — in 331 independent theaters and major streaming services including Google Play, YouTube Movies and Xbox Video. This is the reality that major theater chains have dreaded and tried to prevent for years.
Now it has happened, by default. The future has been forced upon Hollywood, and the results are instructive: “The Interview” quickly became the number one rental on those streaming services and took in $15 million compared to less than $3 million over its theatrical opening weekend.