Unreleased 'X-Men' Movie Already Surpasses 1M Illegal Downloads
The latest 20th Century Fox, Marvel Comics movie, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' has raced to the top of almost every most-downloaded list on the Web, even though it won't officially hit theaters until May 1st. A leaked, unfinished copy of the film appeared on the Net last week, and has already been downloaded over one million times from the site BitTorrent. The film occupies the most popular spot on several other streaming torrent sites as well, including PirateBay and TorrentFreak.
Fox has distributed removal notices to multiple sites, but we have slight suspicions about whether or not this is a "leak." Details of the film's availability, and the repercussions of viewing it, have dominated news outlets, creating a a dramatic stir surrounding the title's upcoming release. A poll of TorrentFreak readers revealed that, of those polled, 40-percent would be "more excited" to see the film in the theater or on DVD, even if they had previously downloaded it.
If the dissemination of the unfinished film serves as a sneaky, yet brilliant, marketing ploy to inspire moviegoers to experience the finished product on the big screen, then well played, 20th-Century Fox. Well played. [From: Torrent Freak]