We usually rely on year-end box office numbers and movie critics to determine which films most captivated our hearts and attention, and this year’s big winner was the final movie in the Harry Potter franchise.
But cinematic demand can also be seen by looking at the most illegally downloaded movies of the year on Bit Torrent networks, and this year’s top winner in that category is action flick Fast Five.
According to data compiled by TorrentFreak.com, the latest and fifth addition to the Fast and the Furious film series starring Vin Diesel was the most illegally-downloaded movie of the year, with 9.3 million downloads. Although Fast Five brought in about $626 million at the box office, it only ranked sixth in overall ticket sales.
Meanwhile, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 brought in the most money at theaters worldwide with $1.3 billion, but it was only ranked 10th in pirated downloads (6 million downloads).
The Hangover Part II was second on TorrentFreak.com’s list with 8.8 million pirated downloads, followed byThor with 8.3 million downloads and Source Code, a science fiction film starring Jake Gyllenhaal that didn’t perform too well at theaters but became a fan favorite, with 7.9 million downloads.
Many films that topped the list weren’t blockbuster hits, and the second and third top earners at the box office – Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – didn’t make the top 10.