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Will “Vampires” leak cost Fox at the box?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sounds like 20tht Century Fox has yet to plug that damaging leak.

The studio made headlines last summer when an early copy of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” leaked online. Now an unfinished version of the studio’s upcoming horror comedy spoof “Vampires Suck” has found its way to the Internet … and plenty of people are downloading it.

TorrentFreak, a popular pirate site, tells the Hollywood Reporter that the movie has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since it was posted more than a month ago. The story goes on to report that Fox’s legal department is handling the issue quietly (instead of making a major stink out if it, like they did with “Wolverine”).

Will it impact ticket sales? Who’s to say?

“Vampires Suck” has been programmed into a dumping-ground of a late summer weekend. Spoof movies don’t make nearly as much as they used to – “Scary Movie” pulled in $157 million, if you can believe that – but they are made on the cheap to maximize profits. And there’s no evidence a leak hurt “Wolverine,” which opened to $85 million on its way to making $179.8.

“Vampires Suck” opens this Friday, Aug. 20.

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