James Cameron’s mega-blockbuster Avatar has emerged as the most pirated film of the year, with Kick-Ass and Inception following close. The multiple Oscar-winning 3D magic was downloaded from torrent websites 16,580,000 times, according to TorrentFreak, showing a 33 per cent increase in download activity from last year’s top-pirated film, Star Trek, which was downloaded just under 11 million times.
The sci-fi epic grossed nearly $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office to become the highest-grossing movie ever. Cameron has frequently touted 3D filmmaking as the industry’s best hope for combating piracy, but 3D glasses didn’t hold back pirates from shattering all piracy records. Kick-Ass, distributed in the US by Lionsgate, took the second place, recording 11,400,000 downloads off of torrent websites and grossing a somewhat disappointing $48 million domestically, said the Hollywood Reporter.
Inception came third with 9,720,000 downloads. The Warner Bros film has been the top pirated film these past couple months and was the most-pirated film last week, ahead of its DVD launch. With 9,490,000 downloads Shutter Island and Iron Man 2 at 8,810,000 downloads rounded off the top five.
Best picture at the Academy Awards, The Hurt Locker, came in as the ninth most-pirated film with nearly 7 million downloads. It was the lowest-grossing film on the list, with just under $50 million at the worldwide box office.(PTI)