The end of year is always a time for list articles on film sites. Some offer practical and interesting analysis like 'best film' lists. Most however are quickly pulled together inane padding designed to keep the 'torch lights burning' as there's really no news to report over the next fortnight.
So here's another for that pile, a list that Hollywood wishes didn't exist - the most pirated movies of the year list. TorrentFreak has released its top ten most downloaded movies worldwide of 2011 with "Fast Five" winning the pack.
Approximately 9.26 million copies of the film were downloaded over the year. Not far behind in second and third were "The Hangover Part II" and "Thor" with 8.84 million and 8.33 million respectively. All kicked off the Summer film season and so all have been around longer which explains their higher download count. Here's the full list:
- Fast Five - 9.26 million
- The Hangover Part II - 8.84 million
- Thor - 8.33 million
- Source Code - 7.91 million
- I am Number Four - 7.67 million
- Sucker Punch - 7.2 million
- 127 Hours - 6.91 million
- Rango - 6.48 million
- The King's Speech - 6.25 million
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 6.03 million
Box-office is definitely not an indicator of pirate interest. Both "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" failed to crack the Top Ten whereas under performers like "Source Code," "Sucker Punch" and "127 Hours" managed to make it. Also F5's count is decidedly down on that of "Avatar" which was downloaded more than 16 million times last year.
Also Torrent Freak has released its list of the most pirated TV shows of the year. The Top Ten are: "Dexter," "Game of Thrones," "The Big Bang Theory," "House," "How I Met Your Mother," "Glee," "The Walking Dead," "Terra Nova," "True Blood" and "Breaking Bad".