For the year that was, many people still resorted to downloading pirated movies and watching those at home instead of going to movie houses. Of course, it is still an inappropriate and unethical practice. But as long as file sharing technologies like BitTorrent exist, there would always be a huge market for such pirated motion pictures.
Are you curious about the most popular films that were pirated and illegally downloaded in BitTorrent in 2013? A group known as TorrentFreak has released its own list based on data it has collected by monitoring activities in the downloading and file-sharing site.
Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ topped that list. The epic fantasy prequel was downloaded for an estimated 8.4 million times on BitTorrent in the entire year. But the illegal downloads did not directly hit the movie’s box office performance, which earned over $1 billion on its entire run at the big screen.
However, if the film was not pirated and made available illegally online, Warner Bros, its producer, could have sold at least 8.4 million additional tickets. Thus, minus piracy, the movie could have earned much more than it did in the box office.
Trailing closely behind ‘The Hobbit’
On the second spot on the list was ‘Django Unchained.’ The critically acclaimed film was another masterpiece from director Quentin Tarantino. The slavery drama earned about $425 million at the box office. It also earned Tarantino and Christoph Waltz an Oscar. TorrentFreak estimated that the movie was downloaded up to 8.1 million times online.
At No.3 in the list was ‘Fast and Furious 6,’ another action-packed movie. It was downloaded for about 7.9 million times over BitTorrent. The mega-hit ‘Iron Man 3’ was at No.4. The third installment of the Marvel comics adaptation was downloaded 7.6 million times over the past year.
Other popular pirated movies
Completing the list of most downloaded pirated films over BitTorrent were ‘Star Trek into Darkness,’ ‘The Hangover 3,’ ‘Gangster Squad,’ and ‘World War Z.’ Also on that list were award-winning ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and the story of a bank heist caper in ‘Now You See Me.’
It should be noted that all those pirated movies also did well in theaters. But most analysts were surprised that other hugely successful films of the year were not part of the list. Those included ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’