2011 draws close and end of the year top ten lists are popping up on the sphere. You’ve got the highest grossers, the best reviewed… how about the most pirated? THR (by way of TorrentFreak) has named the ten with this dubious honor. Take a look. Do any of the “winners” surprise you?
- Avatar (16,580,000 torrents)
- Kick-Ass (11,400,000 torrents)
- Inception (9,720,000 torrents)
- Shutter Island (9,490,000 torrents)
- Iron Man 2 (8,810,000 torrents)
- Clash of the Titans (8,040,000 torrents)
- Green Zone (7,730,000 torrents)
- Sherlock Holmes (7,160,000 torrents)
- The Hurt Locker (6,850,000 torrents)
- Salt (6,700,000 torrents)
Avatar’s inclusion is maybe a little ironic considering that Cameron’s big idea was that a 3D Imax narrative flick would counter piracy since it’d be an experience you’d absolutely have to watch it in a theater. Then again, there’s a lot debate about whether torrents actually feed ticket and home video sales, and Avatar did gross enough to probably fund a small country, so who knows? Maybe it actually benefited from this.
Myself, I’m not much of a stats guy. I’ve never torrented, but I don’t have as strong an opinion about it as I once did. The floodgates seem to be permanently open, I feel.
However, seeing Kick-Ass on here makes me wonder if that flick would’ve made a lot more money in theaters (in addition to Blu-Ray, yes) if the percentage who’d downloaded it on a whim had gone the old fashioned route of “discovering” whether they liked it or not. It seems like the same people griping about studios not taking any chances on riskier projects are the same ones torrenting the ones that do take chances.
Either way, LA’s Anti-Piracy Task Force has just released a press release to Deadline stating that their Operation Chimney Sweep has made a ton of arrests with their bootlegging raids… so you better watch out!