'The Interview' is a hit on torrent sites


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

Update: The Verge points out that the movie is currently on top of YouTube's popular list.

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

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