Once again, TorrentFreak’s annual Top 10 list of most pirated movies surprises me. Last year, high-brow films like The King’s Speech and 127 Hours made the cut, while other blockbusters failed to crack the list. This year is no different. Obvious choices like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Avengers made the list at No. 10 and No. 4 respectively, but the flick that was the most illegally downloaded of 2012 is a bit of a shocker.
Believe it or not, the high school comedy Project X topped the annual list. With an estimated 8,720,000 illegal downloads, it earns the distinction as the most pirated movie of the year. The film grossed roughly $100 million during its run at the box office. It’s interesting to compare that to The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1‘s numbers. The vampire flick ranked at No. 10 with 6,740,000 downloads but grossed $712 million. Check out what else made the Top 10 list below.
Colin Farrell’s attempt to channel Arnold Schwarzenegger was no match for the Caped Crusader. For the third week in a row, “The Dark Knight Rises” topped the box office. The Christopher Nolan blockbuster added another $36 million, giving it a grand total of $354 thus far. Even though the film dropped only 41% compared to the previous film’s 43% during the same time frame, the Batman finale won’t reach its predecessor’s total of $533 in domestic sales. “The Dark Knight Rises”, however, has a good chance of topping “The Dark Knight” in worldwide sales thanks to strong international grosses.
Meanwhile, back to Sony’s reboot of “Total Recall“. The Colin Farrell-fronted film landed in the runner-up spot with only $26 million. Given the original 1990 film opened with $25.5, Sony has to be upset with the remake’s box office performance. Sony claims it spent $125 on the film, while other reports say it ballooned towards the $200 million mark. With its slow start, I don’t think “Total Recall” has a shot of becoming profitable for the studio.
Rounding out the Top 5 were “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “The Watch” in descending order. A couple of films in the Top 10 reached milestones this weekend. “Ted” past the $200 million mark and “The Amazing Spider-Man” reached $250 million. Check out how the rest of the Top 10 films fared below.
Honestly, its no surprise to me that once again, “The Dark Knight Rises” has reached the top spot at the box office this weekend. Despite the tragedy that has somewhat overshadowed the film, it still continues to bring movie goers to fill the seats. I have yet to get my butt to the theatre to check out the final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight managed to outshine two openers.
“The Watch” brought in an estimated $13 million and edged in at number three this weekend just shy of second place held by family film, “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” Another opener this weekend that failed to make moves at the box office was “Step Up Revolution,” which opened to mixed review from critics. The fourth installment in this franchise is also in 3D. Check out the weekend’s box office results below.
This weekend, the fourth installment of Ice Age opened in theaters and certainly succeeded in getting the nut at the box office. ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift‘ brought in an estimated $46 million this weekend and although it was the top film this weekend, it was slightly below expectations. This is the lowest opening for the franchise, with the original Ice Age opening with $46.3 million way back in 2002, without the 3D markup advantage. Some speculate that because ‘Brave‘ and ‘Madagascar 3‘ were still out in theaters, it did create some competition for this film.
No other films opened for wide release this weekend, and thus the top films at the box office consist of films that have already been out in theatres for a while. Savages, which had a week opening last weekend, dropped 45% this weekend. I’m surprised this film didn’t do better because it has so many good people in it! I’ll have to wait for it to come out on iTunes to see what the non-fuss is about.
Did you see any films this weekend? Matt saw Ice Age 4 and you can read what he thought of the film here. Otherwise, check out how the rest of the films did this weekend and where how they placed below.
The latest installment in the multi-billion dollar earning Ice Age franchise came out today and as with the previous three films, it does not disappoint. I was lucky enough to catch the film last Saturday and can tell you I was thoroughly impressed. I think Toy Story is the only other animated film franchise that has been able to keep the same main characters while still delivering a solid movie.
Before getting more into the film, I just want to mention that the Simpsons based short film, “The Longest Daycare” starring Maggie Simpson, was incredible. My friend Scott and I both thought it was totally cute and it is definitely something to look forward to should you choose to go see the movie in theatres.
Back to Ice Age: Continental Drift.Tthe story is actually presented in two separate arcs. In the main storyline, we follow the Ice Age trio of Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Dennis Leary) as they fight through storms, pirates, and evil sirens to get back to their herd after a shift in the tectonic plates sends them adrift on a small iceberg.