With three weeks left before “The Expendables 3” premieres in U.S. theaters on Aug. 15, 2014, a DVD-quality copy of the upcoming ensemble action film starring Sylvester Stallone has been leaked online. Read on to learn more about the story.
According to Variety, a DVD-quality copy of the upcoming ensemble action film, “The Expendables 3,” has been leaked online. The leaked has been downloaded through piracy sites for more than 189,000 times over a span of a 24-hour period. This is an unusual, rare occurrence and might weaken the film’s grossing in the box office.
There hasn’t been a high-profile film leak since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” back in 2009,
when a workprint of the film with some missing CGI was released online, weeks before its opening. “Wolverine” still made over $170million in the U.S. due to bad quality of the leaked workprint, but in the case of “The Expendables 3,” it may seem that the real digital version of the film has been leaked.
To note, the target demographic for the movie is the young males, who are also the biggest users of illicit file-sharing services. According to the data provided by piracy-analytics firm Excipio, pirated copies of “The Expendables 3” have begun to show up on torrent-sharing sites on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, and by Thursday, downloads have started to peak. The movie had been downloaded 189,052 times worldwide by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Thursday, with 42,216 downloads coming from the U.S.
Lionsgate, the film’s distributor, did not immediately respond to a request for a comment regarding the said leak. The original source for the pirated copy is still unspecified, but user comments posted on piracy websites indicate that the rip is real.
“The Expendables 3” is a sequel to the 2012 action film “The Expendables 2,” and it features returning cast members such as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They will be joined by Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford.
“The Expendables” grossed over $275 million worldwide, while the second installment took in more than $300 million. “The Expendables 3” is the third installment in the blockbuster “The Expendables” series and is set to be released on Aug. 15, 2014.
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