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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.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Box Office Finds “The Devil Inside”

In: Movies, Tyrell

This weekend the horrific and thrilling The Devil Inside opened in theaters and scared the pants off of all who attended. The film, which is inspired by true events claims that the Vatican doesn’t want this movie to be released as exorcisms have to be approved by the church. The premise of the film follows Isabella in documentary style, her journey to multiple exorcisms to understand what happened to her own mother, who killed three people during her own exorcism.

Film critics in droves shared their disapproval for the film with Peter Howell of the Toronto Star felt that the film is already a candidate for the worst film of 2012. The film was heckled for it’s choppy, un-scary nature and joins a long list of handy-cam films like Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. While these films don’t please critics, they definitely see tickets. The Devil Inside topped the box office this weekend already meeting Tintin halfway in total sales which has been open for three weeks.

Just behind this supernatural thriller were action flicks MI:4, Ghost Protocol and Guy Ritchie’s Game of Shadows from the Sherlock Holmes series. I know that Patrick and myself will be checking out the box office’s big winner sometime this week and I can’t wait to have the pants scared off me.

See the full box office results after the jump.

To end 2011 and kick off 2012, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has taken the top spot at the box office for its second weekend in a row. The film brought in $31.2 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $134 million. It actually went up 6% over last weekend (Christmas) which of course is a very good sign. Personally, I’ve actually only heard good reviews about this film and look forward to checking it out myself.

Before I see Ghost Protocol, I’m going to check out Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, which actually took the second place spot at the box office this weekend. In fact, I’m going to see it in a couple of hours. The film brought in an additional $22 million this weekend, up 9% from last week, bringing its total to $132 million.

Next weekend, I plan on checking out The Devil Inside, which looks like it has potential to be one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. GULP. For now, check out how the films currently playing faired this weekend in the top 10 list below.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump…

I always find it interesting to see what will do well over Christmas, and this year, it looks like Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol led the pack. The fourth in the series of film has had some great reviews and brought in an impressive $46.2 million, and $78.6 million in total since it opened.

Santa brought so many new films to theatres. In addition to Ghost Protocol, films that also opened earlier this week include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought A Zoo, War Horse, and The Darkest Hour. What to see, what to see, right!? It seems like there are almost too many new options for films to see while many people relax in holiday mode.

The only new film I have seen from the ones that came out this week is Tintin, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The 3D film came in 5th this weekend at the box office. Find out how how all the films did below. Did you hit the theatres this weekend?

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

It’s the time of year when it’s less about the thrillers and horror films and it’s more about the feel good classics that you can watch with the family during the holidays. The stats for this weekend certainly reflect that and with Tintin opening this week, I’m sure it will be no different.

This weekend, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, with over $40 million. The sequel was directed by Guy Ritchie and has received good ratings from critics. Word of mouth will certainly help the film along in the weeks to come.

Also opening this weekend was the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, titled “Chipwrecked“. Although the film only brought in a little over half as much as the Holmes film, it did take the second place spot this weekend. Random flashback, but I remember one Christmas as a kid I got The Chipmunks tour van, which had a fold out stage so that Alvin, Simon, and Theodore could perform on the go. I used to love that cartoon!

As for the rest of the films in theatres, it was pretty weak. Well, what do they expect? It’s a busy time of year! Check out the list below to see how much they each brought in and where they placed in the top ten.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump…

The dynamic duo of Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. are back to play Sherlock and Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. After the two proved to a great comedic pair in the first film, it was no wonder that they signed on for round two shortly after filming the first. Guy Ritchie has directed the films sequel as well.

This time, we are introduced to two new characters. Jared Harris plays Professor Moriarty who seem to be Sherlock’s intellectual match and Noomi Rapace plays a mysterious fortune teller who may have the key to helping Sherlock the most important case of his career.

The trailer shows off what the first one did best: high jinks, loads of action and some seriously funny moments from Jude and Robert. However, I feel like some of the comedic moments are a little forced but still, I can’t wait to sit in the theater to see Robert Downey Jr. in drag. Don’t miss out on this film hitting theaters in December.

Check out the new Sherlock Holmes trailer after the jump

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