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.
I guess that’s an honor, right? Or does it just mean that either people love the “Fast and the Furious” movies but are embarrassed to go to the theater or simply too cheap to fork over cash. Whatever the reason, the latest installment of the Paul Walker and Vin Diesel franchise earned the title of most-pirated movie of 2011. The film already raked in over $626 million worldwide. Imagine how much more Walker and Diesel could’ve added to their respective bottom lines. Speaking of bottom lines, both of them have very juicy ones ;)
According to TorrentFreak, the racing flick was downloaded an estimated 9.3 million times. Though the number is astounding, “Fast Five” has nothing on last year’s “winner”. James Cameron’s sci-fi 3D opus, “Avatar“, was downloaded more than 16 million times and not only holds the crown for 2010 but for also the most illegally downloaded film of all-time. He truly is “king of the world”.
When comparing the top 10 list’s average over the past two years, one might think that illegal downloading is on the decrease. Not so, according to TorrentFreak. They claim that “alternate piracy sources” including streaming sites and cyberlockers have attributed to the decrease. Plus they say, the number of downloads spread beyond to more movie titles than just the ones in the Top 10. Check out what films “Fast Five” beat to earn this title.
According to a study released by TorrentFreak, James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar tops the list of the most pirated movies of all time. The film industry has been moving towards 3D as a way to help combat internet piracy, but it clearly hasn’t been totally effective. That being said, Avatar has brought in $2.8 billion in worldwide theatrical gross anyway, so it’s not like they are suffering. So how many illegal downloads did it take to top this list? Avatar has been illegally downloaded an astounding 21 million times.
Following Avatar is The Dark Knight, with 19 million downloads. In my opinion, it’s clearly the same people that are downloading all of the movies. If you look at the list below, all of the films seem to be pretty much the huge hits (coincidentally much better in theaters) that you’d expect to find in a list like this. There are definitely no romantic comedies found in the Top 10.
Recently, it was announced that CorbinFisher would be suing some 40,000 BitTorrent users by way of their IP addresses, for illegally downloading their (gay porn) content. Understandable I suppose, given that a law is being broken, but the reason why the case is controversial is because of the likelihood that the lawsuit may cause closeted teens living in homophobic households to be outed…and who knows what could happen after that.
CorbinFisher’s lawyer, Marc Randazza recently stated, “Liberty Media produces straight content too. So any thieving little shit who gets caught can very easily lie to his parents that he was looking at straight porn.” Wow, really professional. Also, UnicornBooty.com published this response from Randazza, “I have allowed them [accused file sharers] every courtesy I could, and have offered to support virtually any lie they want me to support (for example, they were looking at Corbins Coeds). Nobody has ever taken me up on that offer.”