Fans can easily find "The Expendables 3" download more than two weeks before the movie debuts in theaters. The torrent features a "DVD-quality" copy of the action film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and more, and can be found on the Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents.
The most popular "The Expendables 3" torrent was uploaded four days ago and currently has more than 40,00 active users. There are 30,596 users seeding, or sharing a completed download, and 10,469 leeching, currently downloading the file. "The Expendables 3" file has been downloaded 306,292 times as of Tuesday.
According to TorrentFreak, news of "The Expendables 3" torrent first appeared on a 4chan thread on July 15. The user claimed to be in possession of a yet-to-be-released movie and was seeking advice on how to distribute it online without getting caught. The thread includes release groups, such as YIFY, that specialize in early leaks of television shows and movies. Despite the potential of releasing a blockbuster movie a month before it was released in theaters, uploaders waited 10 days before posting "The Expendables 3" online. A source speaking to TorrentFreak said there was fear among release groups about handling such a popular movie, with the risk of a lawsuit from Lionsgate, the studio releasing the film.
Interestingly, the most popular movie torrent is not "The Expendables 3" but "Divergent," currently available for streaming on Amazon and iTunes and out on DVD on Aug. 5. A Blu-ray copy of "Divergent" has been downloaded around 417,000 times as of Tuesday. The "Divergent" torrent was uploaded by YIFY six days ago.
The number of people downloading "The Expendables 3" or "Divergent" is dwarfed by the number of users looking for torrents of television shows. "Game of Thrones" has been the most downloaded television series in recent years and a torrent of the Season 4 finale, uploaded one month ago, has more than 1.2 million downloads. "Game of Thrones" also holds the record for torrent swarm, the number of users downloading and sharing a single file, with 250,000 active users on a single torrent. TorrentFreak predicted the total downloads for the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 finale would easily surpass 7.5 million in the weeks after it was uploaded.