The most-pirated films of 2011 have been revealed this week, with Hollywood blockbusters dominating the top ten.
The most pirated film of the year was Fast Five – the fifth instalment of the ‘Fast and Furious’ film franchise.
The high-octane action film was illegally downloaded, via file-sharing service BitTorrent, more than nine million times this year, according to blog Torrent Freak.
The Hangover 2 was a close second with 8.8 million illegal downloads over the past year. But the amount of downloads did not seem to affect the film’s box office takings – it made over £376 million worldwide.
The majority of films in the top ten download list were big-budget Hollywood blockbusters, although there were a couple of British films in the mix too.
Poor box office takings
Superhero film Thor, action thriller Source Code, and I Am Number Four, rounded off the top five. Both Source Code and I Am Number Four failed to take in more than £100 million at the box office.
There were several other films on the pirated list that failed to be a hit at the box office. In sixth place was Sucker Punch, which made just £58 million worldwide.
And in seventh place was director Danny Boyle’s latest film 127 Hours. Despite a lot of promotion and marketing, the film grossed just £39 million at the worldwide box office.
The two highest-grossing films of the year, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, did not feature on the pirated film list.
Overall, illegal downloads dropped this year compared to 2010. The most pirated film last year was Avatar, which notched up over 16 million downloads – eclipsing this year’s record of 9.2 million.
This has been put down partly to the rise in video streaming websites, which allow users to watch films online without having to download them.