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'Fast Five' is the most pirated movie of 2011

By Rick Porter

"Fast Five" will probably not be at the top of many year-end movie lists -- best, worst, biggest hits or otherwise. But it is No. 1 somewhere, although probably not where its studio, Universal, would want it to be.

The movie was the most pirated film of 2011, according to data compiled by TorrentFreak. The Vin Diesel-Paul Walker-Dwayne Johnson action saga was swapped almost 9.3 million times via BitTorrent.

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That's a lot, but it's way down from 2010 piracy leader "Avatar," which racked up more than 16 million downloads. TorrentFreak says the average for the Top 10 this year was also way down from 2010, although the number of BitTorrent users didn't decline.

"The Hangover Part II" and "Thor" were second and third on the list, each with more than 8 million downloads.

Best picture winner "The King's Speech" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" also made the Top 10, but it wasn't all hits. Middling box-office performers like "Source Code" and "Sucker Punch" also made the list. 

Here's the Top 10, per TorrentFreak:

1. "Fast Five"
2. "The Hangover Part II"
3. "Thor"
4. "Source Code"
5. "I Am Number Four"
6. "Sucker Punch"
7. "127 Hours"
8. "Rango"
9. "The King's Speech"
10. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Dec 26, 2011 5:36PM

Haha, nice try!


Trying to get a lot of attention to piracy to drum up support and push your SOPA and P-IP campaigns. Especially after the American people exercised their rights and authority in opposition to your attempt to gain control of the Internet.

Dec 26, 2011 6:27PM
This story reeks of propaganda designed to give reason to enact the  Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  The film industry has more than enough money to use existing technology to stop piracy.  And if it didn't cost the average family $100.00 to take their kids to the movies maybe less people would be pirating.
Dec 26, 2011 7:46PM
Of course movie pirating is at an all time high.  The economy is in the crapper, people are out of work with very little money, yet movie theater prices just keep rising.   Finding work is not easy right now, and believe me you can only fill out so many online applications along with whatever other garbage you fill out for hours only to get no response.  As long as people are just watching them and not selling them to make a profit, in my opinion, that is not a crime.  Also, if you check the numbers of Fast Five, it profited so much in theaters, as well as, dvd that Universal has greenlit Fast Six and Seven to shoot back to back.  If the film did not profit, there would be no more Fast films, period.  Also, I know many that download films and the majority only do it because they cannot afford the high prices at a movie theater.  Also, in the end they end up buying the movie on Blu Ray if it's actually worth spending the money on.  It should also be said that  Hollywood's quality of films has fallen and when you pay today's prices at the theater only to be let down, that is not cool.  In the end if you love movies, you should always pay to see the ones you love for the experience and so that films that are similar may continue.  However, if it's either go to the movies or pay the electric bill, pay the electric bill. After, if it's either watch a movie or go insane from stress, download Fast Five and chill.
Dec 26, 2011 6:42PM
So a movie that glorifies illegal activity is the main target for illegal activity? Fitting.
Dec 26, 2011 9:01PM
Okay lets do some math.  IMDB lists Fast FIve's Budget as estimated at $125,000,000 and the gross money made Worldwide as of the 10 December 2011 as $626,137,675.  So $626,137,675-$125,000,000 = $501,137,675 made on this movie which is 4.009 times the estimated cost of the movie.  Now lets add an extravagent $50,000,000 to the cost of the movie to cover additional costs to distibute it in its many forms as well as anything else so $626,137,675-($125,000,000+$50,000,000)=$451,137,675/175,000,000 = 2.57, which means a 257% profit.  According to the best  profit margin for small businesses in the U.S is 17.1%, does anyone else see the major difference here, hollywood is makeing but tons more money here than any regular business can make even while haveing their products pirated.  Obviously this should show that pirating isnt really hurting them at all.  I probably could of stopped explaining at the 257% profit.
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