Avatar is the #1 pirated movie on the top 10 list, according toTorrentFreak. They based their calculations on the frequency of illegal downloads from the internet. The top ten list is predominately filled with action movies that would to appeal to men, to suggest that a person that would look for and download a pirated movie is of the male gender.
Another common factor in the list is that 9 of the ten took in over 100 million dollars at the box office. The number one most illegally downloaded movie ended up being James Cameron’s “Avatar” with 21 million downloads. The movie took in nearly $2.8 billion in 2009.
Closely followed by Avatar with 19 million downloads in a tie for second were, ‘The Dark Night’ and ‘Transformers’. Numbers 3 through 7 include as follows ‘Inception’ 18 million downloads, ‘The Hangover’ 17 million downloads, ‘Star Trek’ 16 million downloads, and ‘Kick-Ass’ 15 million downloads.
Kick Ass is the one movie that did not top the $100 million dollar mark at the box office. Although it was close at $96 million.
Rounding out the top 10 was ‘The Departed’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End’ all tied with 14 million downloads.
Piracy traditionally refers to acts intentionally committed for financial gain, though more recently, copyright holders have described online copyright infringement, particularly in relation to peer-to-peer file sharing networks, as “piracy.” Since the late 1990s copyright holders have taken legal actions against a number of peer-to-peer intermediaries for piracy, such as Napster, Grokster, eMule, SoulSeek and BitTorrent.