'Fast Five,' 'Hangover II,' 'Thor' Top List of Year's Most Pirated Movies
But the average number of BitTorrent downloads for this year's top 10 was significantly lower than last year.
Movie pirates felt the need for speed this year as Fast Five tops the list of 2011's most-pirated movies on BitTorrent, according to data released Friday by TorrentFreak.
Fast Five was illegally downloaded 9.3 million times this year. That actually marks a significant drop from last year's most-downloaded movie, Avatar, which was downloaded more than 16 million times.
In fact, the average number of downloads for the entire top 10 list is lower than 2010, which TorrentFreak attributes to the "increase in legal alternatives" as well as "alternative piracy sources" including cyberlockers and streaming sites.
But the number of active BitTorrent users isn't decreasing, which also suggests that the downloads are simply spread out over more titles.
Coming in at No. 2 was The Hangover Part II, with 8.8 million downloads, followed by Thor (8.3 million), Source Code (7.9 million) and I Am Number Four (7.7 million).
The complete top 10 list follows:
1. Fast Five (9.3 million downloads)
2. The Hangover II (8.8 million)
3. Thor (8.3 million)
4. Source Code (7.9 million)
5. I Am Number Four (7.7 million)
6. Sucker Punch (7.2 million)
7. 127 Hours (6.9 million)
8. Rango (6.5 million)
9. The King's Speech (6.3 million)
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (6 million)