If one were to wonder which movie this year was the most illegally downloaded, the usual suspects would be the year’s blockbuster releases. 2012 seems to have more than its fair share of fantastic movies, from the superhero feasts such as “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, James Bond’s latest epic adventure in “Skyfall”, to Peter Jackson’s revisiting of Middle-Earth in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. The safe bet would surely be one of these – although “The Hobbit” would never make the top spot due to its December 13 release.
Surprisingly, the year’s most illegally downloaded movie was one of the most panned by critics. According to TorrentFreak, which collects the required data from all major BitTorrent trackers, the movie that was downloaded the most this year was “Project X“, a teen comedy, with over 8.7 million downloads. Coming in second was the return of Ethan Hunt to the silver screen in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”, while “The Avengers” took fourth spot. It must be noted here that the number of downloads are only an estimate, but nevertheless provides a good measure on what tickled a movie pirate’s fancy this year.
Notable absentees from the list include “Skyfall” as well as “The Hunger Games”, while another teen saga, “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” also made the list. From the table, it is easy to conclude that the highest-grossing movies were not the most downloaded, but true to 2012 being the year of the action-adventure movie, four of the ten in the list were from that genre. Five, if you count “Twilight” in that genre.