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Most Pirated Movies 2011
Justin Lin’s Fast Five might be unlikely to win any Oscars, despite the efforts of a certain movie news outlet, but there is one poll atop which it has emerged triumphant – it having apparently been the most pirated movie of last year.

1st: Fast Five (9.2 million downloads / $626 million worldwide gross)
2nd: The Hangover II (8.8m / $581m)
3rd: Thor (8.3m / $449m)
4th: Source Code (7.9m / $123m)
5th: I Am Number Four (7.6m / $144m)
6th: Sucker Punch (7.2m / $89m)
7th: 127 Hours (6.9m / $60m)
8th: Rango (6.4m / $245m)
9th: The King’s Speech (6.2m / $414m)
10th: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (6.0m / $1,328m)

Fast Five was downloaded 9.2 million times, although backers Universal can presumably afford not to get too het up about any loss of revenue given that Lin’s flick was one of the biggest box office hits of 2011, posting a total worldwide gross of more than $600m. Now that, to quote Blaize Falconburger, is the kind of cash that opens anybody’s legs.

Hardly surprising that the second and third most pirated movies were cut from the same budget-busting blockbuster cloth as Fast Five, they being The Hangover Part II and Thor.

In fourth place was Duncan Jones’ time-looping thriller Source Code, the movie which established Jake Gyllenhaal as the sole human being in the entirety of existence to use Bing as their search engine of choice. He does like to be different. A box office hit off its modest budget, Source Code was downloaded 7.9m times.

Bang! And I Am Number Four is in at five with a bullet! That Twilight-with-aliens was downloaded 7.6m times, while the sixth most pirated movie of 2011 was Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.

Does the appearance of these two box office let-downs in the chart give credence to the notion that the young male audience so coveted by movie studios was too embarrassed to go and catch either at the multiplexes, only to suck them up at home instead? Or did both films just look too darn terrible for anyone to want to shell out their hard-earned cash upon?

If we inspect the seven-eight-nine sandwich then we find two slices of art-house bread, in the shape of 127 Hours and The King’s Speech, wrapped around a Johnny Depp-voiced lizard filling – yes folks, it’s Rango in the middle.

Rounding out this most pirated top 10 is none other than the biggest-grossing movie of all 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. And if The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t turn out to be the most pirated movie of 2012, I will eat Batman’s rubbery ears.

Source: Torrent Freak

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Some bizarre ones in there. 127 Hours? I Am Number Four?? How did they keep Transformers 3 off the list? Thor was third but Captain America didn’t feature.

    Wait a minute, I Am Number Four made $144m at the worldwide box office?? How did a smash hit look like a flop?

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  • AGCG said

    I think there maybe something wrong with my taste in films. Not one of the above-listed flickered across my “easily tempted lobe” making me crave an illicit pre-release peak.

    Saying that, I’ve only seen 3 of these films and one of those was because I was forced to buy it, and its predecessors, as a Christmas gift to the wife.

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  • gd smith said

    People bootleg films! Outrageous! Do they not fear being shunned by respectable society?

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      They’re probably drunk on moonshine.

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    • joseph said

      You do realize that most of the “respectable soceity” pirates? I do, my dad does occasionally, it’s just basically a way to watch the movie without having to buy the movie and watch twice for 30 or 40 dollars

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    From this list, I believe I only pirated Source Code and Fast Five, though I saw Fast Five in theaters beforehand.

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  • The1Cool said

    This reminds me that I need to pirate more. Arrr! Guess I’m not cool after all.

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  • gd smith said

    looking at the list, most of the pirated movies made money. So it looks like the practice doesn’t really damage big movies. I suspect the loss of independent cinemas and extortionate ticket prices does more damage. Plus lacklustre flicks with budgets thay can’t pussibly hope to see a return on.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      True this year but in previous years Kick-Ass and Hostel 2 were right up there, both of those considerably underperformed at the US box office.

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      • gd smith said

        But films have always underperformed at the box office. It has little to do with quality. Blade Runner and The Thing both underperformed. I suspect that the publicity and good press built up around Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim ignored the reality that the audience was always going to be relatively small. I also suspect that rather than eating into their profits, the pirating was more like watching TV. That sort of It might be OK I’ll give it go mentality. These were not Spiderman or Batman. They’re basically classic examples of cult films. In the case of Hostel 2. Firstly it’s not very good and secondly, though as a lover of slasher films it sounds contrary, I think it was a bit too mysogynistic to grab a wide audience in the way that the Saw franchise and Final Destination series do. Again Hostel was really a big cultish film. Maybe a lot of the people who saw Hostel were not actually that keen on it. I saw the first one at the cinema and wasn’t that impressed by it, so I couldn’t be bothered withthe second one.

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        • Sheridan Passell said

          The truth is no one really knows what the correlation is between piracy and reduced box office returns, it’s impossible to calculate. In most cases the movie is so huge it doesn’t matter. But with Kick-Ass it was 2010’s second most downloaded. In the UK it was a hit, then there was a time gap when it was available as pirate, then it came out in the States where it under performed. It’s hard to deny that having your movie watched illegally 11.4 million times before it comes out is going to have an impact. I know once I’ve seen a movie I very rarely make any effort to see it again. The underperformance in the US is one major reason the sequel has been so stalled, a big issue because the age of Hit Girl needed a quick turnaround. So you could say that people who paid to see it, and who wanted to see the series continue, were cheated by those who watched it illegally.

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          • gd smith said

            I like kick Ass and saw it at the cinema and I take your point. But in all honesty I suspect it was too cultish to make its money back. Blade Runner bombed on the back of Alien in the early 80s with Harrison Ford when pirating wasn’t a series issue! I think with Kick Ass the source material wasn’t popular enough, children swearing is a bigger issue in the US and it was British. It’s a pity, because it’s a good flick. But you can’t calculate for success in film making. What is it William Goldman said about Hollywood? “Nobody knows anything”.

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