The film industry is but one area constantly being affected by piracy, and this year’s most pirated films would be providing their respective studios with anxiety as they add up the losses.
According to Yahoo!, The Wolf of Wall Street is the most pirated movie of 2014. Martin Scorsese’s tale of excess and Wall Street greed was illegally downloaded a whopping 30.035 million times between January 1 and December 23, 2014.
Frozen, the highest grossing animated film of all time, was the second most downloaded film. The Sandra Bullock-starring survival picture, Gravity, was the third most pirated picture, followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Legend of Hercules, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire round out the top ten.
The most pirated films this year feature some unsurprising entries, but it’s interesting to see The Legend of Hercules in the top ten. The Renny Harlin-directed picture received all-round negative reviews upon release and didn’t even manage to earn back it’s $70 million budget (it earned just over $61 million worldwide). Still, the piracy results show there was indeed a larger audience out there.
Also of note, is the fact Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t turn up in the top ten most downloaded films. It didn’t even turn up in the top twenty, despite being the second highest grossing film of the year, with a worldwide gross of over $772 million. The Lego Movie, another huge hit, also didn’t appear in the top twenty.
Here are the ten most pirated films of 2014:
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- The Legend of Hercules
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire