Funnily enough, a movie about the spoils of capitalism tops the list of most-pirated films this year. Yep, as the Radio Times reports, copyright intelligence company Excipio has revealed that Wolf of Wall Street was the most popular illegally downloaded film in 2014, apparently racking up 30.035 million illegal downloads and thus seriously restricting Leonardo DiCaprio’s income. (Come on, guys: you don’t want him to have to whisk Brazilian supermodels to tropical beaches on a commercial jet, do you? Have a heart.)
The fictionalised version of real stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s time working for now-disgraced fianciers Stratton Oakmont was full of sex, drugs, and sexism, but the second-most pirated film of the year was a lot more wholesome: turns out Frozen is everyone’s favourite new animated feature, including people who don’t pay to watch films – it’s been illegally downloaded 29.919 million times.
Other films in the top 20 include George Clooney and Sandy B in Gravity (totally worth paying for), the Robocop remake, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The list in full:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street: 30.035 million
2. Frozen: 29.919 million
3. RoboCop: 29.879 million
4. Gravity: 29.357 million
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 27.627 million
6. Thor: The Dark World: 25.749 million
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: 25.628 million
8. The Legend of Hercules: 25.137 million
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past: 24.380 million
10.12 Years a Slave: 23.653 million
11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: 23.543 million
12. American Hustle: 23.143 million
13. 300: Rise of an Empire: 23.096 million
14. Transformers: Age of Extinction: 21.65 million
15. Godzilla: 20.956 million
16. Noah: 20.334 million
17. Divergent: 20.312 million
18. Edge of Tomorrow: 20.299 million
19. Captain Phillips: 19.817 million
20. Lone Survivor: 19.130 million
As you can see, Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning movies from 2013 were big, as were sci-fi and superheroes. Quiet, foreign indie dramas with complex takes on controversial topics? Not so much. Basically, the list’s made up of some of the most popular/best-hyped movies of the last couple of years, so it’s probably inevitable that as well as doing well at the box office, they’d also be illegal download hits.
But movie studios don’t have to worry about their profit margins in future, as I’m sure all those millions of viewers will be making a New Year’s resolution to pay for their content from now on. Right? Hello?
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