Netflix absolutely crushed its earnings on Tuesday evening and shares skyrocketed more than 17% in after-hours trading as a result. The company added 4.33 million new streaming subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2014, and profit climbed to $83.4 million, up from $48.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Netflix had a great quarter indeed, and it was thanks in large part to some great new content that hit the service over the course of the three-month period. Now, the company has confirmed that another high-profile title will finally arrive on its digital shelves in just a few short days.
Sorry, North Korea.
Netflix announced on Tuesday evening that “The Interview” will finally be available to its streaming subscribers beginning this Saturday, January 24th. The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a TV news duo that conspires with the United States government to assassinate North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un.
As the title of the film suggests, their assassination attempt is tied to an interview that they managed to secure with the North Korean leader.
The movie caused quite a stir ahead of its release. Sony initially cancelled the film’s premiere after hackers breached the company’s internal network and leaked a great deal of sensitive data. The company then reversed course, however, and turned The Interview into one of the most hyped movies of 2014.
The film was released simultaneously online and in small theaters across America late last year, and it has generated more than $40 million in digital sales thus far.