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Unfinished "Wolverine" Downloaded 4M Times

According to Hollywood Reporter, News Corp's Fox this week said that the pirated version of the new X-Men flick has seen 4 million downloads, four times what it thought originally.

"Piracy is a serious issue for us. We now estimate that there are above 4 million downloads of that stolen 'Wolverine' movie that was up there," Said News Corp. COO Peter Chernin.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit the net on March 30. The leaked version was termed a “workprint” copy, which meant it was unfinished. Some special effects were missing, and fans were warned that it may not even be the final cut of the film. That said, many rushed to download the incomplete version of the eagerly anticipated film. Naturally, Fox wasn't pleased about the leak.

The debate as to whether or not the company lost a significant amount of money from the Wolverine downloads is a messy one. Some argue that the movie has only been downloaded by those who had no interest in paying to see it anyway or X-Men fans who downloaded the movie and will likely pay up to see the completed version in the theaters anyway. The flip side of that is fans who may have wanted to see the movie originally but were disappointed with the download, won’t bother seeing it in the theaters. Then there's the argument that the your average theater-goer doesn’t know how to download movies from the web anyway.

Now that the movie is out in theaters, what say ye? Did anyone watch the pirated version and then refuse to see it in theaters? Similarly, is there anyone who watched both and thinks the theater version is big improvement on the unfinished cut?

All downloads aside, Wolverine saw an $85 million opening weekend.

  • Wolverine rocks! Nothing's remotely comparable to seeing the movie at the cinema. Even if I had the HD version at the PC, I would still go and see it at least one time.. and I'm not even a big X-men fan!
  • bill gates is your daddy
    How did they even come up with that figure? They can't even keep track of ONE workprint copy of their movie but now they are able to keep track of every illegal download of it?

    Well, I can say I downloaded it so show me how they figured the other 3,999,999 copies of it. I personally think they leaked it themselves to drum up interest in it.
  • hixbot
    Why anyone would want to watch an action film with unfinished special effects is beyond me. Are they hoping the acting and screenplay will entertain them?

    I waited, and saw it in theaters. It was terrible.
  • tenor77
    Funny cause it still did 87 million at the box office.

    Can you really argue it hurt the movie at all?
  • warezme
    I saw the "unfinished version" and I would rent it but likely not see in theaters.
  • dreamphantom_1977
    I didn't download it. I like movies in high quality, full finished versions. And almost every movie I like, I go out and buy or I rent from red box. Honestly, I prefer paying for better quality. I can't stand watching unfinished movies or movies with marks in them. It's irritating. On a side note though, even if I did download it, I don't go to the movies very often cuz I don't make much, and I work a lot of hours. Most movies I watch at home from redbox, return, and done with it. And, im sure with the economy, a lot of people are doing the same, so are they sure they aren't just loosing money because of the economy? Did they take the economy into the equation when they figured out the statistics?
  • duckmanx88
    4 million disappointed people. wish i hadn't wasted $10.50 to see that garbage.
  • If they made $85 million on such a craptacular movie, they need to cut out the QQing over a few downloads. Boohoo, 4M out of 1.5B internet users downloaded it. That's a good ol' 0.267% of all internet users (not even considering that 4M is probably inflated, while 1.5B is the count of users from 1 year ago)
  • reininop
    I paid for it at the theater, but didn't feel like waiting for the end of the credits to watch the easter egg. I then came home, downloaded it, and fast forwarded to the end to see what I missed. I'm not sure if that's borderline shady or not. I had paid to see it after all and didn't actually watch the movie at home, only the part I missed in the theater.
  • radnor
    Well, it did quite nice from the crap of movie it was. Deadpool was a non caracter, wolverine was....well, i can't blame hugh jackman on this one but i really think Hollywood is missing the 3 dimensional caracteres Marvell created.

    I am a X-Men fan. I downloaded it. I only saw half of it. I am really sad for the ones that payed the price at the cinemas. It is not a good movie.