Sharknado 2 Whips Up Storm On Social Media
A sequel in which a tornado inexplicably whisks hundreds of sharks into the air and dumps them on New York has taken the US by storm.
Nearly four million people tuned in to watch Sharknado 2: The Second One, starring American Pie's Tara Reid and Beverly Hills actor Ian Ziering.
The frenzy around the film saw more than 580,000 tweets - seen by an estimated 5.5 million people - posted during its TV premiere.
At one point the movie held all top 10 trending topics in the US.
The Sharknado franchise has become something of a cult hit since the original movie in 2013.
Only 1.3 million people tuned in for the premiere of the first film, in which sharks rained down on Los Angeles and wreaked havoc on the city's streets.
However, such is Sharknado's popularity on social media, the film is repeated on a regular basis.
The sequel, which airs on Syfy channels around the world, sees a freak weather system turn New York into a shark-infested city, with great whites chomping through crowds near some of the Big Apple's most iconic landmarks.
Reid and Ziering, who play April and Fin in the far-fetched film, hatch various plans to save the city, including slashing the sharks with chainsaws and impaling the creatures on the Empire State Building.