Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films Dominate Most Pirated Movies of 2014

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 - 10:15AM
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 - 10:15AM
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films Dominate Most Pirated Movies of 2014

Like the most viewed trailers of 2014, sci-fi/fantasy/superhero movies were very close to shutting out all other genres for the most pirated movies of the year. The only other type of movie represented, as a matter of fact, is Oscar-nominated films. Lone Survivor, at number twenty, is the only film that wasn't either sci-fi/fantasy or a major player at the Oscars last year. (Hopefully it's not offensive to call Noah fantasy, considering the liberties that Darren Aronofsky took with the Bible.)

 

This list is a funny creature, though, because it doesn't represent the "most popular" movies, or even "the movies people most wanted to watch." It represents "the movies people vaguely wanted to watch but didn't care enough to pay for." This makes the presence (and high ranking) of films like Robocop, which made our list of worst sci-fi movies of 2014 for sheer blandness, make more sense. What surprises me is the presence of films that were VFX-heavy, like Gravity. Many people told me when it came out that watching the amazing visuals play out in theaters, and particularly in 3-D, was the main draw.

 

Here's the full list, first published by Variety:

 

1. "The Wolf of Wall Street": 30.035 million

2. "Frozen": 29.919 million

3. "RoboCop": 29.879 million

4. "Gravity": 29.357 million

5. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": 27.627 million

6. "Thor: The Dark World": 25.749 million

7. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier": 25.628 million

8. "The Legend of Hercules": 25.137 million

9. "X-Men: Days of Future Past": 24.380 million

10. "12 Years a Slave": 23.653 million

11. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire": 23.543 million

12. "American Hustle": 23.143 million

13. "300: Rise of an Empire": 23.096 million

14. "Transformers: Age of Extinction": 21.65 million

15. "Godzilla": 20.956 million

16. "Noah": 20.334 million

17. "Divergent": 20.312 million

18. "Edge of Tomorrow": 20.299 million

19. "Captain Phillips": 19.817 million

20. "Lone Survivor": 19.130 million

 

A few of these numbers may not be entirely correct; the original 1987 of Robocop was conflated with the remake in these statistics, and the numbers for Legend of Hercules may include some downloads for the other terrible Hercules movie starring Dwayne Johnson. Excipio, which compiled the statistics, confirmed that Legend of Hercules was pirated more, though, despite the fact that the Rock's Hercules performed better at the box office, which kind of confirms that whole "can't be bothered to pay for this movie" theory.

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