The 10 most pirated movies of 2009

Wilhem Oliva

by: Wilhem Oliva
December 23rd, 2009

pirated of 2009

The time is here again! When we reduce the past twelve months into a few top 10 lists. Back in September it was looking like DISTRICT 9 would easily become the most pirated movie of the year. Just 24 hours after it had become available on the torrent sites it had been downloaded over a million times! At the time it looked like it would easily beat THE DARK KNIGHT’s 2008 record of seven million, and it did, by over a million, but so did a few others.

Topping the list, perhaps to no one’s surprise, is STAR TREK, the film that was loved by most movie geeks (myself included). THE DARK KNIGHT’s seven million download record was shattered by STAR TREK, which hit a whopping ten million. I’m sure movie studios aren’t going to love that number and the upward trend in downloads.

Movies like TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE probably weren’t too effected by downloads since each made almost a billion dollars worldwide. BitTorrent concerns me more when it comes to independent filmmakers making movies outside the Hollywood system. So how does the rest of the top 10 look? Read on to find out.

1.) STAR TREK: 10,960,000 downloads
2.) TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN: 10,600,000 downloads
3.) ROCKNROLLA: 9,430,000 downloads
4.) THE HANGOVER: 9,180,000 downloads
5.) TWILIGHT: 8,720,000 downloads
6.) DISTRICT 9: 8,280,000 downloads
7.) HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRICE: 7,930,000 downloads
8.) STATE OF PLAY: 7,440,000 downloads
9.) X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE: 7,200,000 downloads
10.) KNOWING: 6,930,000 downloads

Source Torrent Freak

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  • Carr

    Actually Independent film makers are starting to embrace the BitTorrent world. There were two Independent films this year that the film makers acknowledged and publicly thanked downloaders, because it was their word of mouth that made Hollywood take notice of their films. Just this past month I read that Independant film makers announced that they may start partnering with BitTorrent sites to get their films out there.

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  • Chase Whale

    I think Wilhem is talking about the financial side. It won't even put a dent in Michael Bay's checkbook if one of his films is pirated thousands of times, but if an indie filmmaker's film gets pirate, sure the word gets out, but he or she is still way in debt.

  • OreosFTW

    Taken only did well in the US because it was pirated to shit first, from the european DVD.

  • OreosFTW

    Taken only did well in the US because it was pirated to shit first, from the european DVD.

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