What Was The Most Pirated Movie Of 2012?

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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."