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The Top 10 Most Pirated Movies Of 2012 Include 'Project X,' 'Mission: Impossible 4,' 'Dark Knight Rises' & More

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by Edward Davis
December 27, 2012 3:01 PM
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The Most Downloaded Movies Of 2012

3 high school seniors throw a birthday party so boss it apparently got shared/downloaded almost 9 million times -- apparently making it the #1 pirated movie of of 2012. Congratulations to the filmmakers and studio not seeing a penny of those grosses? They don't need it, right? Torrent Freak compiled a list of the most shared movies on BitTorrent in 2012. Leading at number one is “Project X,” the Todd Phillips-produced/Warner Bros.-distributed party comedy that actually features no stars (in fact if the average pleeb can name an actor in the cast off the top of their head without the aid of Google, hats off to them).

A found-footage film, shot on a shoestring budget (though never reported), "Project X" grossed $100 million internationally. To think if the studio would have figured to a way to charge even a meager $2 for each download, they'd be looking at approximately another $17 million in revenue. Kids wanna see other kids create mayhem, they apparently just don't wanna pay for it. 

Right behind at number two was "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" (Tom Cruise felt a gnat of concern for a second and thought, "whatever, moving on,") and "The Dark Knight Rises" at number three. Illegally downloading movies is a crime kids.  The entire list below.

Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent, 2012
rank movie est. downloads worldwide grosses
torrentfreak.com
1 Project X 8,720,000 $100,931,865
2 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 8,500,000 $694,713,380
3 The Dark Knight Rises 8,230,000 $1,081,041,287
4 The Avengers 8,110,000 $1,511,757,910
5 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 7,850,000 $543,848,418
6 21 Jump Street 7,590,000 $201,585,328
7 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 7,420,000 $232,617,430
8 The Dictator 7,330,000 $177,547,352
9 Ice Age: Continental Drift 6,960,000 $875,093,094
10 The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 6,740,000 $712,171,856
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3 Comments

  • RNL | December 27, 2012 8:10 PMReply

    Moralistic bourgeois bullshit.

  • JAKEBOT | December 28, 2012 12:07 PM

    Correct. The assumption that because an individual has downloaded a file they have not since paid for said product, is an ignorant and erroneous statement. There are plenty of academic studies that one can read illustrating that "pirates" are some of the biggest contributors to entertainment industry. This is a duality that people (especially inside the industry) are going to have to deal with. Or not. Who cares, really.

  • fry | December 27, 2012 5:07 PMReply

    Judging from the quality of that list, these torrent users have an awful taste in movies.

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