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"Fast Five" Tops List of Most Pirated Movies In 2011

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 27, 2011 5:56 PM
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As they did with TV, Torrent Freak has released its annual roundup of the most pirated movies of 2011 (full list below), and guess what made the top of the list?

No, not Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family; Fast Five was number 1 with over 9 million torrent downloads worldwide.

So what does that mean for the studio that released it? How much revenue was lost there? 9 million illegal downloads adds up to a lot of pocket change, whether in ticket sales, or DVD rentals/sales.

As was the case with TV piracy numbers, the rise of movie streaming companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon's service, and several others, is apparently having an effect on the number of downloads, reducing them year-over-year, which suggests that entertainment companies will find it in their best interest to enter distribution partnerships with online streaming sites like the aforementioned, and to make their content available within a reasonable amount of time after their theatrical runs.

Otherwise, audiences will go look for the content elsewhere, and that often means illegal downloads.

This also applies to audiences outside the USA who often don't get these dominant, in-demand Hollywood movies days, weeks, and even months after their stateside releases. 

As Torrent Freak says, the challenge for film distribution companies is to come up with a business model that allows users to consume what they want at any given time, without losing revenue in the process. Emphasis on the word "challenge," because it is one.

Below is a list of the 10 most-downloaded movies of 2011:

Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent, 2011
rank movie downloads worldwide grosses
torrentfreak.com
1 Fast Five 9,260,000 $626,137,675
2 The Hangover II 8,840,000 $581,464,305
3 Thor 8,330,000 $449,326,618
4 Source Code 7,910,000 $123,278,618
5 I Am Number Four 7,670,000 $144,500,437
6 Sucker Punch 7,200,000 $89,792,502
7 127 Hours 6,910,000 $60,738,797
8 Rango 6,480,000 $245,155,348
9 The King’s Speech 6,250,000 $414,211,549
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 6,030,000 $1,328,111,219
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4 Comments

  • Tye Banks | December 29, 2011 10:39 AMReply

    This is defiantly a problem for all film makers. It's not rocket science, film producers aren't going to take a chance on films that can't promise a profitable return. A lot of money is being lost due to illegal downloads and a lot of jobs are being lost as well. I think movie goers hurt the most from this because we/they are limited to a certain type of films being release. As a film maker you want to tell your story because it's a gift from you in hopes fans will appreciate your hard work and effort by finically supporting it. Bottom line films aren't free to make. To get a clue to how many people are effected by illegal downloading of films, look at the credits on a film. All those credits represent jobs and some credits aren't even listed. When you pirate a movie those are the people you're cheating the most not Hollywood.

  • Jay Lo | December 28, 2011 10:49 AMReply

    Fast Five is awesome and no doubt that it would be pirated. The whole franchise has been great and all the past movies as well. I enjoy watching this over and over as well as the older movies. Enjoying all the action using the Blockbuster Movie Pass has never been easier. An extensive library containing, thousands of movies, games and TV shows. Movie night has never been this easy. I get DVDs to my door, or I can stream right to my PC or TV so there's never a dull moment. Getting a quick exchange is another benefit with unlimited in-store exchange. I can maximize my enjoyment with games, I no longer have late fees or due dates. I don’t have to go out on a cold night or wait in line for a movie. I hooked this up with my employee service from DISH for $10 a month. A small price to pay where other companies would make you have more for two accounts for the same feature. I get movies 28 days before anyone else. New customers who sign up can get this awesome deal free for 12 months.

  • Donnie Leapheart | December 27, 2011 7:04 PMReply

    Wow. SI know this if off-topic but this is why I always say to my fellow indie filmmakers: you can't complain when people don't show up in droves to your art film. To quote Jay-Z, "Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers Don't." But my favorite quote on the subject comes from Spike Lee's Mo Better Blues: "The people don't come because you grandiose motherf*ckers don't play sh*t that they like. If you played the sh*t that they like, then people would come, simple as that."

  • Dee | December 28, 2011 10:01 AM

    "Art" movies tend to be the 1st port of call because they're cheap & easy to make. The next cheapest thing is Comedy. (Or porn) but comedy is difficult. For every Friday you've got every film that followed in its wake (and failed)

    Now if you're right and the people just want Madea then honestly, eff the people. "I got nothing for you, you got nothing for me"

    I go to the cinema to be entertained but I'm also here to be challenged. Challenging doesn't mean serious, boring or pretentious, or even being foreign language, but it does mean taking risks, even small ones to put your personal vision on the screen.

    If you as a filmmaker aren't willing to stretch your self then I'm not even going to impulse buy your DVD from the bargain bin.

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