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The Most Pirated Movies of 2010

The Most Pirated Movies of 2010 (photo)

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/Film republished a really interesting list from the website ranking the most pirated movies on BitTorrent in 2010. Here is the “top” ten along with their number of BitTorrent downloads:

1. “Avatar” – 16,580,000
2. “Kick-Ass” – 11,400,000
3. “Inception” – 9,720,000
4. “Shutter Island” – 9,490,000
5. “Iron Man 2” – 8,810,000
6. “Clash of the Titans” – 8,040,000
7. “Green Zone” – 7,730,000
8. “Sherlock Holmes” – 7,160,000
9. “The Hurt Locker – 6,850,000
10. “Salt” – 6,700,000

TorrentFreak‘s original chart, which I encourage you check out along with their analysis, includes the film’s worldwide box office gross. That lets you see how well these movies fared despite their popularity with Internet pirates. More than sixteen-and-a-half million downloads on BitTorrent alone didn’t stop “Avatar” from grossing over two-and-a-half billion dollars worldwide. On the other hand, the second most pirated movie, “Kick-Ass,” was illegally downloaded more than eleven million times and earned less than $100 million worldwide.

Peter Sciretta of /Film considers the implications of those numbers in his piece about these films:

“Could it be that the geek community downloaded the film instead of paying for a ticket? It’s an interesting theory, especially when you’re trying to figure out why some of the geek-focused high buzz films failed to gain traction at the box office this past year. However, the theory doesn’t hold up when looking at the other films in the bunch – for example, Edgar Wright’s ‘Scott Pilgrim’ did not appear on the listing.”

Sciretta definitely brings up a good point; if one wanted to argue that piracy more negatively impacts geek related properties than other films, than you would expected to see “Scott Pilgrim” make an appearance on this list (Then again, if it turns out that it’s #11, then its $47.3 million earned worldwide would certainly validate that theory). /Film readers point out one reason for the “Kick-Ass”/”Scott Pilgrim” discrepancy in the article’s comments: a high quality file of “Kick-Ass” showed up on peer-to-peer networks while the film was still in theaters, while a similar copy of “Scott Pilgrim” didn’t appear until the film was just about to be released to DVD and Blu-ray. In other words, piracy-inclined cinephiles might conceivably care enough about picture quality to wait for a good copy before they bootleg it.

I’d like to offer one additional theory while acknowledging that at this point, that’s all it is. But what if MPAA rating is playing into this equation? “Kick-Ass” was rated R; “Scott Pilgrim” was rated PG-13. I always felt a big reason “Kick-Ass” suffered at the box office was that its key demographic — i.e. teenagers the age of its high school kid protagonist — wasn’t allowed to go see it in theaters. On the other hand, if a teenager wanted to see “Scott Pilgrim” (which was probably geared toward a slightly older audience anyway), all they needed was ten bucks and a ride to the theater.

Like I said, this R-rated thing is just a theory. But four of the five lowest grossing movies on this list — “Kick-Ass,” “Shutter Island,” “Green Zone,” and “The Hurt Locker” — were rated R. I now open the floor to commenters to debunk that theory and to tell me how I’m a fascist for being concerned about piracy.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.