Lets focus on this Joyous holiday, and talk shop later.You know, saying that that is how Columbia would have done it anyways, doesn't mean that Columbia always releases every movie in the US first. Seth Rogen comedies generally get American releases first. Hell, most US comedies get an American release first.
Superbad - Superbad (2007) - Release Info - IMDb - Released in US first. - Columbia
Pineapple Express - Pineapple Express (2008) - Release Info - IMDb - Released in US first - Columbia
This is the End - This Is the End (2013) - Release Info - IMDb - Released in US first - Columbia
The Green Hornet - The Green Hornet (2011) - Release Info - IMDb - Released in US 2 days after opening elsewhere - Columbia
Funny People - Released by Universal in the US - 1 day difference - Columbia internationally
That is the extent of Rogen's relationship with Columbia. 100% of the time they distribute his movies, the US gets first pick. I see no reason for them to have done it differently this time. Then again, I haven't really followed the release dates of anything other than event movies (which, you're right, they do seem to get international releases first), so I wouldn't be able to tell you how they're doing with other movies that aren't event movies in any sense of the word. This was a ****ty two bit comedy by two stoner guys. I doubt they were going to aim for an international smash hit.