Barack Obama has hailed Sony’s decision to screen The Interview, a comedy about the assassination of the North Korean leader, in a limited number of US cinemas on Christmas Day.
The president criticised Sony earlier for pulling the film following a cyber-attack and threats against cinemas.
The US has accused North Korea of being behind the cyber-attack.
The film is expected to show in 200 mostly independent and art-house cinemas on Thursday. Hackers have threatened fresh attacks.
Mr Obama had called Sony’s earlier decision to cancel the film’s release a “mistake”.
His spokesman, Eric Schultz, said in a statement that the president applauded the change of mind.
“As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression,” the statement said.
“The decision made by Sony and participating theatres allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.”