That seems specious. Are you telling me not only that pirates constitute at least a plurality of theatergoers, but that they do so based on whether or not they could pirate leaked copies? Megaupload was never a big source of pre-release content, and even after that it was all bootlegs until a DVD rip was made
See, that also confuses me. Because piracy has always been something that affects MEDIA sales: not theater tickets. If anti-piracy organizations a have successfully finagled the dialogue so that the media acts like it is, that's a problem. The weakness the huge anti-piracy apparatus had was that their ad campaigns featuring teary eyed boom mike operators were clearly full of shit because pretty much everyone gets paid off out of the box office returns. Once the budget is covered, the rest of the money: dvd sales, merchandise, etc. gets paid to the studios, with perhaps some small amount paid on residuals (which don't pay any movie crew member's rent) and perhaps other perks (partial merchandising rights etc.) for high profile perfomers/directors. And so anti piracy advocacy has always been about the studios.
However, if there really is someone going around and claiming that box office returns are hurting because of piracy, that needs to be nipped in the bud. Piracy is a war on DVD sales, not on ticket sales. If there is a relationship, it needs to be sussed out thoroughly, before we get legislators to swallow the lie that ALL revenue streams are under threat because the hackers are breaking into our mainframes and stealing all our internets and posting the finished cut of the movie plus all DVD extras BEFORE THE SCRIPT IS EVEN WRITTEN.