Some came out of a sense of patriotic duty. Some came to see what all the fuss was about. Some just came in the hope of some laughs on a holiday.
Sony's decision to stream the controversial comedy "The Interview" has upended the often fractious relationship between Silicon Valley's biggest Internet company and Hollywood's film industry.
The final installment of the "Hobbit" franchise is likely to top the box office again over the four-day Christmas weekend.
Laemmle Theaters, which operates seven cinemas in Los Angeles County, said it would play "The Interview" in its North Hollywood location beginning Dec. 31.
Jens Dietrich, a 33-year-old Atlanta resident, was disappointed when he heard "The Interview" wasn't playing on Christmas Day because of threats from Sony hackers.
President Obama last week urged Americans to go to the movies.
Hordes of moviegoers journeyed to Middle-earth to see the final installment of the "Hobbit" franchise.
Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision to yank "The Interview" from movie theaters will benefit rival studios trying to attract audiences during the crucial holiday movie season.