“Fast Five,” the latest film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, was downloaded more than 9 million times from the site BitTorrent. The Vin Diesel-led vehicle was, believe it or not, well received by critics and made a decent amount of money at the box office (more than $626 million worldwide).
“Source Code,” “I Am Number Four,” “Sucker Punch,” “127 Hours,” “Rango,” “The King’s Speech” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” round out the top 10.
What can we glean from this list about the movies millions of downloaders weren’t willing to pay for?
Most films on the list are blockbuster productions that a wide swath of people would be interested in seeing, both legally and otherwise. Interest in smaller films like “127 Hours” and “The King’s Speech” may have been piqued by their Academy Award nominations. They also weren’t available in as many theater locations as big-budget pictures; “127 Hours” played in 916 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo, compared with “Fast Five’s” 3,793.
What’s most surprising, as TorrentFreak pointed out, is the absence of high-grossing films, like the latest “Transformers” and “Twilight” films, on a list that includes “Source Code” and “I Am Number Four” (films I admit I had to look up to remember).
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