The Interview has been pirated approximately 900,000 times in the first 24 hours after it appeared on various torrent sites, Variety reports.
The report quotes piracy-tracking firm Excipio, which claims the movie has been downloaded by 904,237 clients at around 4 p.m. ET Thursday.
And TorrentFreak said late Thursday that by their count, the movie has been downloaded 750,000 times in its first 20 hours on torrent sites.
The numbers come as no surprise: The Interview, a comedy about an assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, garnered an enormous amount of attention after Sony Pictures canceled its Christmas premiere following a massive cyberattack on the company.
And though Sony eventually released the movie online, it is only (legally) available in the U.S., leaving torrenting as the only alternative for folks abroad.
The Interview, directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, pits James Franco and Rogen as unlikely assassins of Kim Jong-un. The movie currently has an 8.6 rating on IMDB, and a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You can read our review here.
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