'Wolverine' leaks again, topping most-pirated film list

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'Wolverine' leaks again, topping most-pirated film list

Thu May 28, 2009 @ 01:23PM PST

By Eriq Gardner


Wolverinei In a bit of a surprise, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has once again become the world's most pirated movie. This is nearly two months after the unfinished work print first leaked onto piracy channels and a few weeks after News Corp's Peter Chernin estimated the movie had been downloaded four million times.

The film had fallen off the list of the ten most pirated movies, so what explains the resurgence?

According to Torrentfreak, which monitors torrent sites for downloads, a new R5 version is now circulating. An R5 is a high quality digitization of a film created with professional, expensive equipment intended for the Asian market, particularly Russia. In a sense, it's almost like a DVD.

Here's the full list of the 10 most pirated films for the week ending May 24:

1. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
2. "He's Just Not That Into You"
3. "Angels and Demons"
4. "The Horsemen"
5. "Fired Up"
6. "Push"
7. "Star Trek"
8. "Crank: High Voltage"
9. "Fanboys"
10. "Valkyrie"

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