May 25, 2017

Will “Vampires” leak cost Fox at the box?

By Sean O’Connell 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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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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