X-Men Origins: Wolverine
20th Century Fox has claimed that the pirated version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine cost the company nearly $30 million in lost takings

An incomplete version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine that was leaked on to the Internet on March 30th is estimated to have been downloaded around 4 million times using illegal torrent sites.

The news of the leak provoked outrage from 20th Century Fox, the company claiming to have enlisted the help of the FBI 'to investigate'...

According to the Hollywood Reporter the piracy could have cost Fox as much as $28.7 million in lost takings at the US Box Office, based on an average cinema ticket price in the US of just over $7.

But with the film taking $85 million in its opening weekend in the US – more than any other film this year – and currently being top of the UK box office listings, has the Internet leak really damaged the film at all? 

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Are those downloading the film not also the people most likely to watch the film in the cinema?

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