Star Wars: The Force Awakens only came out two weekends ago, and pirated copies of the movie did not start showing up on bit torrent sites until several days after its release. This is unusual in the world of illegal downloads, which sometimes sees the biggest releases available to a wider audience weeks in advance of a proper theatrical release. Variety has our look at the Top 14 pirated movies of 2015, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn't even make the list. Perhaps it will reach #1 in 2016. As for this year, an unexpected entry took the top spot. Though, the rest of the list shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
While the fact that the top pirated movies of 2015 are some of the year's biggest blockbusters shouldn't surprise anyone, it's the amount of times they were pirated that might make your eyes bulge. This past year's biggest money makers at the box office were just as popular with freeloading torrent users who decided to pilfer their entertainment off the web rather than pay full ticket price.
The top three most pirated movies worldwide were some of 2015's biggest movies, with Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World topping the global list. This information comes from Pirate Tracking agency Excipio. They have monitored all illegal movie downloads from the very beginning of this year, through this past Friday, Christmas Day, December 25th.
This information only includes movies actually released in 2015. When 2014 releases are added into the mix for the past year, it's surprising to learn that director Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar takes top honors as the most pirated movie of 2015. The movie actually sits at number 16 on 2014's box office list of biggest money makers. What this shows is that some of the more popular movies from that year spend more cumulative time in circulation among pirates. This same fact was true last year. Director Martin Scorsese's 2013 true-life drama The Wolf of Wall Street was 2014's most illegally downloaded movie.
The shocking thing to learn between 2014 and 2015 is that the most pirated movies were downloaded a lot more times than previous years. The Wolf of Wall Street drew over 30 million downloads last year. That is 55% less than the nearly 47 million downloads that Interstellar commanded. With the four other 2014 releases factored in, The Wolf of Wall Street wouldn't even crack this year's top 10 list. Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is sitting pretty at #10, brought in 31 million illegal downloads.
It must be noted that this is not a fluke. Excipio did not alter it's piracy monitoring methods this year. And the tracking period was the same as previous years. The explosion in growth of numbers indicates that piracy is running wild, out of control and unabated worldwide. Some overseas markets, such as Brazil, have experienced sustancial growth in pirating as well, helping fuel the totals. Here's the list of the Top 14 Pirates Movies of 2015. Were you surprised by any of them?
Downloaded 46,762,310 times. Domestic Box Office Take of $188 million. Worldwide Take of $675.1 million. In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.
Downloaded 44,794,877 times. Domestic Box Office take of $353 million. Worldwide Take of $1.5 billion. After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen's older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.
Downloaded 41,594,159 times. Domestic box office take of $459million. Worldwide Take of $1.4 billion. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Dowloaded 36,881,763 times. Domestic box office take of $652.2 million. Worldwide take of $1.6 billion. Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.