‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Already Pirated: Nearly 300,000 Downloads on Opening Weekend

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Pirates showed a passion for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” with copies of the erotic thriller downloaded almost 300,000 times worldwide within three days of the film’s U.S. theatrical debut.

That’s despite the pirated versions being low-quality recordings apparently made with a handheld camera in theaters. As of 6 p.m. ET Sunday, “Fifty Shades of Grey” had been downloaded via torrent sites by 298,037 unique Internet addresses, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. The top market was the U.S., with 44,896 downloaders, followed by the U.K. (33,839), India (19,298) and the Philippines (16,952), the company said.

What is currently the most popular “Fifty Shades” torrent hit the Internet on Feb. 14 at around 11 a.m. ET, according to Excipio.

For the sake of comparison, Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” — one of the highest-grossing films of 2014 — saw 198,873 unique Internet addresses downloading copies of the pic over the first weekend of its theatrical debut last August, per Excipio. Those downloads were similarly of low-quality “camrips,” given that a DVD-quality copy did not appear online on piracy sites until October, according to the firm.

“Fifty Shades,” from Universal Pictures and Focus Features, sucked in a record-breaking $94.4 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day holiday weekend domestically. Overseas, where the movie debuted in 58 territories where Valentine’s Day is celebrated, “Fifty Shades of Grey” earned nearly $160 million at the foreign box office through Sunday.

The movie, adapted from E.L. James’ bestseller, stars Jamie Dornan as a billionaire with kinky bedroom proclivities and Dakota Johnson as a college student who falls under his spell.

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  1. dave Britt says:

    Am I the only one that is suprised it wasn;t downloaded +1m times with all the guys at home that wanted to watch but aren’t willing to go to a cinema?
    A friend of mine said they went. 600 women & 3 guys in the cinema. dafaq?

  2. Jennifer says:

    To be honest I took my husband to go and see the movie on Valentines Day. I have 3 copies of the first book, two copies of the second book, and one copy of the third book. After the movie we went out and purchased 3 bottles of the 50 shades wine (2 of the red satin and one of the white silk). We (red faces) have the collection of the 50 shades adult toys and plan to go out and buy a couple copies of the movie when it is released on DVD. Till it is released I would like to know where there are torrents of these crappy cam versions. I have looked online all through the weekend thinking that I would find one in english and the only ones I have found was in russian and spanish. Question is where is this torrent that is spoken about? I don’t usually do the torrent thing but I feel that if I have already spent so much money being the biggest creepy fanatic about this, went out and paid to see the movie, and plan to pay more money for the DVDs I think that I am entitled to see this when I want till I can purchase the DVDs.

  3. Bill says:

    Tried to report a guy filing “Kingsman” with his iPhone but the staff at the local AMC didn’t seem to care; probably hoped he was getting a good copy. :(

  4. Jimmy Green says:

    make the pirates watch it twice..agreed that is brutal punishment.

  5. nerdrage says:

    I believe that pirates are bad people and should be punished but making them watch that crap movie seems extreme, even to me.

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