More than 1 million people have downloaded X-Men Origins: Wolverine since an early copy of the 20th Century Fox film was leaked online last Tuesday.
That’s according to TorrentFreak, which follows all things BitTorrent-related.
More than three weeks from its theatrical release, the movie is the most popular torrent on The Pirate Bay, which bills itself as the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker.
In related news, News Corp. may be backing away from its firing of FoxNews.com columnist Roger Friedman, who drew criticism over the weekend for downloading and reviewing Wolverine. News Corp. is the parent company of 20th Century Fox and Fox News.
Although News Corp. stated clearly that it had “promptly terminated” Friedman, the gossip reporter denied to ABC News that he’d been fired. According to The Huffington Post, Friedman was to meet today with Fox News executives to decide his fate.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens on May 1.
Update: Fox News issued a statement Monday evening saying the company and Friedman had “mutually agreed to part ways immediately.” That’s “mutually agreed to part ways,” two days after the gossip reporter had been “promptly terminated.”