The hit Marvel Studios film "Thor: Ragnarok" isn't scheduled to get a digital release until Feb. 20. But some lucky customers received an early download of the blockbuster, thanks to a glitch in iTunes.
The bug may be related to the Movies Anywhere service that allows purchases from one digital storefront to be made available on another, like iTunes. A Reddit user spotted by TorrentFreak claimed they purchased the latest "Thor" on Vudu, and the Movies Anywhere link to iTunes somehow placed the film in their digital library a month before release.
After the user reported the bug, others began buying "Thor: Ragnarok" on Vudu and then accessing it on their iTunes account.
After the pristine digital copy leaked, pirates spent hours removing digital copy protection to steal the film and distribute it via BitTorrent.
"Thor: Ragnarok" was one of the biggest films of 2017, grossing more than $850 million worldwide. Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, the third film in the standalone "Thor" franchise was also a hit with critics, and is 92 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film is currently available to preorder on iTunes, but it appears the Vudu and Movies Anywhere bug has been addressed.