Police officials in London have arrested two men on suspicion of leaking "The Expendables 3" online before its U.S. and Canada wide release on Aug. 15.
A DVD-quality copy of the Lionsgate-distributed film was downloaded by millions of users after it popped up on file-sharing websites around July 25.
Officials said on Tuesday that the arrested men, ages 36 and 33, are believed to have stolen the film from a cloud-based system before uploading it to the Internet. They were taken to local police stations for questioning.
The police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, which is dedicated to protecting British industries, said it launched an investigation after a referral from Lionsgate.
The third installment in the action franchise opened to about $16.2 million in the U.S. and Canada, falling short of Lionsgate's projection of $20 million to $25 million.
The star power behind action hero favorites --
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas and others -- wasn't enough to lure moviegoers to see the Patrick Hughes-directed film in theaters.