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What Was The Most Pirated Movie Of 2012?

Earlier this week we told you which television show was the most pirated of 2012, now it’s time to find out which film was. And the answer may surprise you. 

Why? Because you probably haven’t heard of the movie. Or maybe you have, if you’re one of the many people who pirated it this year. The top ten most pirated films this year were:

  1. Project X
  2. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. The Avengers
  5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  6. 21 Jump Street
  7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  8. The Dictator
  9. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  10. Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 1

Project X?

It was the feature film debut for director Nima Nourizadeh and written by Michael Bacall. It was a “found footage” comedy about three friends who throw a huge party in order to gain popularity. While it was the most pirated film, it also holds the title of lowest grossing for the list. Project X was downloaded 8.72 million times but made just over $100 million worldwide.

“There is no significant change in the total number of movie downloads compared to last year but it’s clear that demand for movies remains strong,” writes TorrentFreak, who released the list. “As is the case every year, our top 10 list has a few notable absentees in 2012. These include the top grossing The Hunger Games and Skyfall. The latter is currently only available in a lower quality release, which explains its absence.”

This may be completely off base but do you think the exclusion of The Hunger Games on this list says something about its fans?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Amanda Evans

    Yeah, it says we’re not into stealing and will actually pay for shit we like.

  • Melly Flick

    To be honest, I’m one of the few who paid to see Project X in theaters, and it was probably worth the price of the torrent.

  • Emppu Nurminen

    It just show so nicely, how people consume rather than enjoys what they are watching. There is seriously something wrong with people, when they consume entertainment in sake of entertainment. I long the day, when those things had luxury value.

  • Michael James

    Not really. Twilight was #10 and I’d be surprised if Hunger Games wasn’t one of the next 3, essentially putting them in the same league. Any compliment to Hunger Games fans in that respect would also have to go to Twilight ones.

  • Joanna

    I quite liked Project X.

  • nathan

    Is borrowing a DVD “stealing”? Getting something for free “stealing”?

    If I own a shop and put a “buy one – get one free” promotion – is the DVD I’m giving away being stolen? The end user didn’t pay for it.

    If I get something for free, that I never would have paid money for, has the person selling that item lost any money? Can you lose sales that don’t exist?

    If I download £100’000 of films and music, have those industries actually lost that amount? Do people only download what they could have afforded?

    Getting something for free is not “stealing”. Losing a sale you never would have made does not mean it was “stolen”. Having terrible business practices be exploited to their detriment is not a bad thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Or that they learned the lessons of the story and know how to keep out of watchful eye of the Capitol.

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  • Magic Xylophone

    Being too tight with their money is a fault of which I would never accuse Twilight fans.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Notice: only one of them, and the lower end at that, was 3D.