Earlier this week TorrentFreak revealed the ten most pirated movies of 2011 through file-sharing software BitTorrent - a list that was topped by the most recent installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five, which suffered a total of 9,260,000 illegal downloads since its release in April.
The list throws up a few surprises, such as the inclusion of 127 Hours and The King's Speech as opposed to smash hits such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, both of which crossed the $1 billion mark this past summer. Meanwhile, whereas last year's list was dominated by James Cameron's Avatar with a whopping 16.5 million downloads, the biggest box office success of 2011 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - finds itself way down in tenth with 'just' 6 million downloads.
Take a look at the full top ten here...
1. Fast Five: 9.3 million downloads
2. The Hangover Part II: 8.8 million
3. Thor: 8.3 million
4. Source Code: 7.9 million
5. I Am Number Four: 7.7 million
6. Sucker Punch: 7.2 million
7. 127 Hours: 6.9 million
8. Rango: 6.5 million
9. The King's Speech: 6.3 million
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 6 million
Studios will take little comfort from the fact that the total number of illegal downloads appears to be down on 2010. Furthermore, of the ten most pirated movies of the year, the only real failure at the box office was Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch - which was also recently named as one of the biggest flops of 2011 - but I'm guessing that had more to do with it being shit than anything else. Of the 7.2 million people who stole it, I wonder how many still felt robbed?