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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

by Jeff Steele

Pirated Blu-Ray/DVD’s for Captain America: The First Avenger, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Crazy Stupid Love all entered the illicit Top 10 this week — as did Theatrical Screeners of Real Steel.

It’s a testament to Real Steel’s marketing and positive word-of-mouth that a Theatrical Screener (TS) copy would be propelled into the Top 10; as compared to a Blu-Ray or DVD rip, TS copies generally have substandard video and sound quality, which can make them tough to watch, especially if there are big VFX or a loud audience. Yes, it’s a camera that’s setup in a theater. If it’s high quality, it’s an empty theater with the sound pulled from the Audio Assistance jack (for the hearing impaired.) If it’s poor quality, it’s filmed from the back of a crowded theater using the camera’s microphone; people are shuffling around (like Mystery Science Theater 3000), munching popcorn and laughing — in addition to the Slavic subtitles at the bottom of the screen.

After reviewing the forums it appears these copies have great audio and fuzzy/poor video; which makes it even more impressive that people would still feel compelled to sit through it (that would give me a head ache). Nonetheless, this will breed more positive word-of-mouth that in turn can drive even more viewers to either go see it in the theaters or purchase the Blu-Ray/DVD/VOD, when they come available. If they’re not going to pay for it, at least they can vouch for it.

The data for the weekly download chart is collected by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise.

Week ending October 16, 2011

Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer
1 (…) Captain America: The First Avenger 7.2 / trailer
2 (…) Cars 2 6.5 / trailer
3 (1) Transformers 3 6.6 / trailer
4 (…) Kung Fu Panda 2 7.6 / trailer
5 (3) Green Lantern 6.1 / trailer
6 (…) Real Steel (TS) 7.5 / trailer
7 (4) Horrible Bosses 7.4 / trailer
8 (5) Fast Five 7.6 / trailer
9 (…) Crazy Stupid Love 7.8 / trailer
10 (2) Arena ?.? / trailer

torrentfreak.com

  • http://www.odethemovie.net Brian Mathew Kowalchuk

    One has to wonder how long until the studios start posting the screeners.

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    • Jeff Steele

      They already distribute substandard R5 (Region 5) DVD’s to Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS countries prior to the actual Blu-Ray/DVD releases in the US and EU.

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  • http://www.alcyonepictures.com Michael David Lies

    I’m thinking it’s whatever movies the pirates can get their hands on in order to make money on the black market.

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    • Jeff Steele

      Early bird gets the worm. Media screeners are one of the most common access points for pirated material.

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  • http://www.maybellevictor.com Maybelle

    Your post makes me think if this list is highly connected to the billboard/charts or how it relates to the blockbusters being aired that week or prior.

    In some areas of the world, I am sure that going to the movies is a luxury – which generally explains why some will choose and manage to be contented with these downloadable versions.

    Movie outfits lose money – but manage to get the marketing they need for the next big thing. Do they really lose anything in this process?

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