'The Interview' Pulls in $15M Online; Sony's No. 1 Online Film of All Time

It is already Sony's biggest online release.

— -- Online viewings of "The Interview" brought in more than $15 million through the first four days of the holiday weekend, making it already Sony's biggest online hit ever, the company announced today.

Through Saturday, December 27, including all of its online distribution platforms, The Interview has been rented or purchased online more than 2 million times.

"It was essential for our studio to distribute this movie, especially given the assault on our business and on our staff," Lynton said in a video obtained by ABC News.

Yahoo Movies writer Jordan Zakarin said, "It would have been a major black eye for the company had they not done so."

At least one crowd in Atlanta couldn't help but sing along to "God Bless America," but the reception isn't all rosy.

Less than a week ago, following growing threats by hackers to carry out an attack like that of Sept. 11, 2001, Sony pulled "The Interview" from its planned theatrical release, but then backpedaled.

Hackers released personal information of Sony employees and email correspondence between executives. The FBI and State Department pointed fingers at North Korea. The isolated country denied responsibility for the attack but a government official called it a "righteous deed" in the state media.