Jason Best hoped to cash in when "The Interview" opened in movie theaters on Christmas Day.
He spent $650 on tickets at a theater in Cincinnati, Ohio, with hopes of making a profit when he resold the tickets online.
"I saw all the hype about 'The Interview' on the 23rd and thought, 'Hey, folks are selling these tickets in other cities and it seems like that's the thing to do right now so why not give it a shot so see how it goes,'" Best told WCPO (video below).
However, his plan to rake in the bucks backfired when Sony Studios also offered the film on YouTube, Hulu and Netflix on Dec. 24.
Best told WCPO in an email that the movie theater's website said that the tickets were refundable.
However, the move theater's website does not include a refund policy, but a third party site, MovieTickets.com, that sells the tickets does list a return policy.
“I did call MovieTickets.com customer service … They stated that they are just an information hub, and that the theater itself sets the policy and processes the payment directly,” Best claimed.
The movie theater would not issue a refund because "The Interview" was considered a special event and because Best is not a customer, but rather a scalper trying to get back his failed investment.
"I was never once told by anyone at the theater, that the showing of the movie was a 'special event,'" Best countered. "Especially since any theater was able to show the film, and again, anyone with a cell phone could see it as well, for half the price."
However, the theater is willing to give the $650 to charity, but Best will only agree to $100.
According to Deadline.com, "The Interview" earned $15 million in sales and rentals during its first four days. Folks paid $5.99 to stream the movie as a rental or $14.99 to download. The film made $2.8 million in theaters on Christmas Day.