the dictator

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

This weekend, the highly anticipated board game turned feature film “Battleship” hit theatres in North America. After a rocking turn out and record breaking numbers overseas, many critics expected the Hasbro creation to overturn the reign of “The Avengers.” However, the powers of Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna were no match for the superheros and only came in second place with just over $25 million. That’s just over half over what they were projected to bring in. What else opened this weekend?

Sascha Baren Cohen’s new film “The Dictator” also debuted this weekend at the box office. Not unlike his previous runaway hits, Cohen continues to shock audiences while making them laugh with his unique blend of humor and political satire. The film came in third place this weekend grossing just over $24 million. A comedy that hit theatres on Friday was the book turned film, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” which features a slew of stars – too many to name actually. Despite the huge names behind the project, the film failed to impress and came in fifth place behind “Dark Shadows.” Check out the weekend’s box office results below.

Check out all of the weekend’s box office results after the jump.

‘The Dictator’ Debuts New Red Band Trailer

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On May 16, the newest Sacha Baron Cohen film comes out called ‘The Dictator‘. Cohen (as his character) stopped by SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ this weekend to promote the film along with Martin Scorsese whom he had captive and was forced to endorse the film.

‘The Dictator is “the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed“. He makes a grand entrance in the U.S., but when his beard is shaved off, he becomes a nobody and is lost without his power.

This new red band trailer that just came out has really made me want to watch the movie. Anna Faris looks like she’ll be as hilarious as ever in the film and Cohen makes any and every situation inappropriate and uncomfortable – the perfect recipe for a good laugh. The film also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Kingsley, and Megan Fox among others.

Watch the trailer after the jump…

First Look: Sacha Baron Cohen As “The Dictator”

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It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen is up to his crazy film antics once again. Famous for his roles Ali G, Borat and the latest Bruno, Sacha is well known for creating over-the-top characters that are somewhat true to reality (whether we want to believe the stereotype or not). His latest character may be a little “too soon” for some, but I think that this may be one of his best.

Based loosely on the novel Zabibah and The King by Saddam Hussein, the film due out in May 2012 tells the story of a heroic dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Paramount Pictures has jumped on board for the project and will be produced with Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel.

The first official photo (seen above) from the film is absolutely hilarious. It is exactly what I would expect from this crazy character. I also love how the photo looks like that ominous photo of Osama Bin Laden that we’ve all seen so many times. Check out the video below of ABC News covering the story back in January when it was first reported that Sacha Baron Cohen would tackle Saddam Hussein.

ABC New’s video after the jump

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