Despite only debuting in 331 theaters across the country last week, The Interview has already become a success online, taking in more than $15 million in online sales and rentals in just the first few days of release. Both YouTube and Google Play have announced that The Interview is their top-selling movie for 2014, just days after the comedy was released online. The unorthodox release strategy has certainly paid off for Sony, but it remains to be seen how this success will alter the release of other major movies in the near future.
To help celebrate this success, Sony Pictures has released a new red band trailer, chocked full of new footage, for those who haven't already purchased or rented this comedy. The new scenes are filled with R-rated language and plenty of sexually-suggestive footage, along with Dave Skylark's (James Franco) character arc from being excited to kill Kim Jong-un (Randall Park), to flip-flopping his stance on the North Korean dictator. We also see footage where Skylark gives paparazzi a little hint of what his real trip to North Korea may be all about, although it doesn't come out the way he intended.
In case you aren't aware by now, The Interview centers on Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) who manage to secure an interview with the Kim Jong-un in North Korea, which leads them to be recruited by the CIA to "take him out." The film's wide theatrical release was initially canceled by Sony Pictures, after 9/11-type threats were made by a hacker group to theaters showing the movie, but Sony ended up releasing the film through Google Play, YouTube Movies and XBox, along with a limited theatrical release. Check out the latest footage from The Interview below.