Over at Gawker, they’re reporting on upstanding, reputable news site Torrent Freak’s list of the top ten most downloaded movies of the year and there’s a few surprises to be had.
There’s no place for titles like “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2”, no “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, no “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – the top three titles are “Fast Five”, “The Hangover Part 2” and “Thor” – a selection of sequels and a comic book movie leading the chart.
Such snarking aside, it’s intriguing to see that outlaw heist hit, “Fast Five” topped the list and still managed to be the highest grossing entry in the series by some distance (easily a quarter-mile or so). It doesn’t appear to follow that the most torrented movies of the year are ones which experience torrid times at the global box office, as the top three were all sizeable hits.
Further down the list, though, we’ve got a franchise wannabe in the form of “I Am Number Four” – that film ended up grossing a middling $55 million at the US box office and a further $89 million worldwide. Not exactly numbers to be sniffed at but not the sort of figures which justify an ongoing franchise – and I’m sure that the producers of the movie must look at the presence of their film on this list and wonder if some of those downloading the film might have liked to drop a couple of pounds, dollars, euros or the like on a rental to pay them back a bit?
I know, I know – the deranged logic of a clueless blogger. My bad.