Top 10 Most-Pirated Movies of 2011

Fast Five

The Top 10 most-pirated movies of 2011, eh? That will be telling. The following list (via TorrentFreak) shows which films were pirated the most over the past 12 months, how many times they were downloaded, and how much money they went on to make at the box office.

1. Fast Five – 9,260,000 – $626,137,675
2. The Hangover II – 8,840,000 – $581,464,305
3. Thor – 8,330,000 – $449,326,618
4. Source Code – 7,910,000 – $123,278,618
5. I Am Number Four – 7,670,000 – $144,500,437
6. Sucker Punch – 7,200,000 – $89,792,502
7. 127 Hours – 6,910,000 – $60,738,797
8. Rango – 6,480,000 – $245,155,348
9. The King’s Speech – 6,250,000 – $414,211,549
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – 6,030,000 – $1,328,111,219

This is an important list because it shows that how many times a movie is downloaded isn’t proportional to how much money it makes at the box office. Which suggests Hollywood is spending too much time, money, and effort trying to counter piracy.

If the higher up the list a movie was translated to it making less money then those arguments that movie piracy is killing Hollywood would ring true. But that isn’t what these results show. Far from it, in fact. There is very little here that suggests any kind of pattern.

Also interesting is the fact that Fast Five was way behind last year’s number one, Avatar, which racked up more than 16 million downloads. Does this mean piracy has lessened over the past 12 months? No, probably not. But if the results were reversed I’m sure Hollywood would say the opposite.

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