With torrenting/downloading/pirating movies hitting the headlines around the world for the huge number of users undertaking these so-called illegal activities, we thought we’d take a look at 7 of the most downloaded movies of 2016. Care to guess which ones topped the list?
If you guessed Deadpool, you were right. TorrentFreak compiles both weekly and yearly lists of the most pirated movies which we’ve extracted the data from.
Here is a list of the most pirated movies in 2016:
|Rank||Movie||Release Date||Gross Revenue||Budget|
|1||Deadpool||11 February 2016||$783,770,709||$58,000,000|
|2||Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||25 March 2016||$868,160,194||$250,000,000|
|3||Captain America Civil War||6 May 2016||$1,151,684,349||$250,000,000|
|4||Star Wars The Force Awakens||18 December 2015||$2,068,223,624||$306,000,000|
|5||X-Men Apocalypse||9 May 2016||$542,742,489||$178,000,000|
|6||Warcraft||24 May 2016||$433,125,655||$160,000,000|
|7||Independence Day: Resurgence||24 June 2016||$387,644,286||$165,000,000|
|8||Suicide Squad||5 August 2016||$746,100,054||$175,000,000|
|9||Finding Dory||17 June 2016||$1,022,617,376||$200,000,000|
|10||The Revenant||8 January 2016||$532,950,503||$135,000,000|
Those are some damn big numbers there. And some huge profits as well! No wonder people don’t seem to find downloading these films hundreds and thousands of times across the world!
We did a bit of math and found the average profit for each of the movies above is $665,005,923. PROFIT! We’ll say it again, those are some damn big numbers!
As you can see from the list above, there is only a slight correlation between the gross earnings and their position in the top torrented list. Very slight.
As well, the total figures have not taken into account the movie’s release date. Meaning Star Wars The Force Awakens had nearly a year to build up its download numbers whilst Suicide Squad had less than half a year. Maybe Suicide Squad would’ve topped the list if it had the same amount of time? Who knows…
Lastly, this is the first year in which TorrentFreak has decided not to report an estimate of the total downloads of each movie for the year. Here’s their reasoning:
Due to various changes in the torrent index/tracker landscape it’s become more challenging to monitor downloads, so a ranked overview makes [the] most sense.
Anyway, there’s the list! Make of it what you will, and expect to be reading another in a years time.
Until then, feel free to browse some of our other awesome articles on everything movies!