The Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2009

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Regardless of whether or not you agree with the shady practice of downloading pirated movies, torrent sites are probably here to stay. Unless the industry gets its proverbial fecal matter together within the next few years, people aren’t going to buy the cinematic cow when its celluloid milk can be streamed easily from a surprisingly large number of popular websites. According to TorrentFreak, the website which devotes its entire bandwidth to the trends of savvy downloaders across the globe, the following films are the most pirated features of 2009. The list is, for the most part, fairly predictable, though there are a few unexpected contenders sprinkled throughout. Who knew people were that anxious to watch “State of Play?” The mind boggles.

In case you were wondering, here’s how the list was calculated:

The data for this list is collected by TorrentFreak from several sources, including reports from all the large BitTorrent trackers. All release formats, including cammed versions are counted. Afterward, the data is carefully checked and possible inaccuracies are systematically corrected.

Each movie listed below is accompanied by the estimated number of downloads, respectively. Notice how low “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sits on this illegal totem pole. Interesting, indeed, given how much attention this particular bootleg was given earlier this year.

1. Star Trek – 10,960,000
2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – 10,600,000
3. RocknRolla – 9,430,000
4. The Hangover – 9,180,000
5. Twilight – 8,720,000
6. District 9 – 8,280,000
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 7,930,000
8. State of Play – 7,440,000
9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – 7,200,000
10. Knowing – 6,930,000

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I got something to say on this but ill have to wait to get home from work lol!~
    Be back in a few minutes.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I got something to say on this but ill have to wait to get home from work lol!~
    Be back in a few minutes.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

    1. True Value of the product – Hard Copy and personalized ownership vs. intangible collection of information archived and spread for free. (A good thing to look at in this comparison is the actual social feelings on the released product. For instance, the Hatred of the new direction Metalica went through in the late 90s that caused alot of fans to still be interested in where the band was going but absolutely abhor the results. I still believe that some of the crap that was pawned off as music changed was only worthy or download and only in hopes that it would eventually change into something worthwhile. Most forms of music I are still waiting to see if it will actually turn back into something good. However I believe a decline and watered down product and the increase of “pop culture” or mainstream cliche helped in the uprise of pirated music. Movies went through its rough times but I felt piracy was strong during that time, but the revival of the Indie Film market exploded and started to rebuild films strengths. I think we are still in that phase of cinema. Since the recession hit, everything has been a hit for the most part due to people not having the money to travel and taking hold of the simple pleasures that are affordable for them now. Anyway this kinds belongs with number 2 as well)

    2. State of the Economy – People who don’t have the money to spend on a family trip to the theater but still need the escapism vs. Pirates with no respect for the hardwork of others (Including Entitled brats) vs. those who still wish to spend money for that personal power of belongings. (I am a poor soul with not much money but I’ll be damned if I Don’t buy a copy of every movie I ever watched and liked. Even if that meant I had to pirate it to see it the first time. I.E. Raging Phoenix and more.

    3.Is simply the black market. It has been around forever and will be around forever as long as something can be gotten for free and sold for cheaper than market price. This harks a little on my original statement plus number 1. What is the true value of the product. There are people that will pay for “their” copy of what they love and there are those that feel they are entitled for a lesser fee. Either way, there are middle grounds I’m not going into.

    The only country in my mind that has any right to complain about the extent by which their production gross has been affected by piracy, is Korea. A few years back I read a story that stated that the entertainment industry had taken an 80 percent dive due to piracy. China also had a rate of 4 percent legitimate sales of software for an entire year, leaving 96 percent of software lost to piracy. Those are real numbers that can turn heads. These companies in America, Not to say that they shouldnt get paid for their work, but their numbers are nothing compared to these. They still make millions upon millions and the only losses they truly take are from their egos. I think everyone should be able to get paid for their work and no one is entitled to anything for free, but what can you do about it. The rich are still rich and piracy has taken its bumps on the head for being the kind of market it is. People being sued, individuals being sued, and crappy product still flies out onto the shelves like hot cakes in the ghetto in the summertime (I know, I was there when it happened).

    Bottom line: Piracy is bad, but like most things that exist today, there is a good latent function behind it. In my eyes, Its keeping the industry on its toes. Wolverine sucked, and you can’t expect people to see every single love dramedy that comes out in 3’s every month. That’s all for now…I had something else to say but now that I’m home the roommates are carrying on the conversation in the living room as well as watching Tri Gun.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

    1. True Value of the product – Hard Copy and personalized ownership vs. intangible collection of information archived and spread for free. (A good thing to look at in this comparison is the actual social feelings on the released product. For instance, the Hatred of the new direction Metalica went through in the late 90s that caused alot of fans to still be interested in where the band was going but absolutely abhor the results. I still believe that some of the crap that was pawned off as music changed was only worthy or download and only in hopes that it would eventually change into something worthwhile. Most forms of music I are still waiting to see if it will actually turn back into something good. However I believe a decline and watered down product and the increase of “pop culture” or mainstream cliche helped in the uprise of pirated music. Movies went through its rough times but I felt piracy was strong during that time, but the revival of the Indie Film market exploded and started to rebuild films strengths. I think we are still in that phase of cinema. Since the recession hit, everything has been a hit for the most part due to people not having the money to travel and taking hold of the simple pleasures that are affordable for them now. Anyway this kinds belongs with number 2 as well)

    2. State of the Economy – People who don’t have the money to spend on a family trip to the theater but still need the escapism vs. Pirates with no respect for the hardwork of others (Including Entitled brats) vs. those who still wish to spend money for that personal power of belongings. (I am a poor soul with not much money but I’ll be damned if I Don’t buy a copy of every movie I ever watched and liked. Even if that meant I had to pirate it to see it the first time. I.E. Raging Phoenix and more.

    3.Is simply the black market. It has been around forever and will be around forever as long as something can be gotten for free and sold for cheaper than market price. This harks a little on my original statement plus number 1. What is the true value of the product. There are people that will pay for “their” copy of what they love and there are those that feel they are entitled for a lesser fee. Either way, there are middle grounds I’m not going into.

    The only country in my mind that has any right to complain about the extent by which their production gross has been affected by piracy, is Korea. A few years back I read a story that stated that the entertainment industry had taken an 80 percent dive due to piracy. China also had a rate of 4 percent legitimate sales of software for an entire year, leaving 96 percent of software lost to piracy. Those are real numbers that can turn heads. These companies in America, Not to say that they shouldnt get paid for their work, but their numbers are nothing compared to these. They still make millions upon millions and the only losses they truly take are from their egos. I think everyone should be able to get paid for their work and no one is entitled to anything for free, but what can you do about it. The rich are still rich and piracy has taken its bumps on the head for being the kind of market it is. People being sued, individuals being sued, and crappy product still flies out onto the shelves like hot cakes in the ghetto in the summertime (I know, I was there when it happened).

    Bottom line: Piracy is bad, but like most things that exist today, there is a good latent function behind it. In my eyes, Its keeping the industry on its toes. Wolverine sucked, and you can’t expect people to see every single love dramedy that comes out in 3’s every month. That’s all for now…I had something else to say but now that I’m home the roommates are carrying on the conversation in the living room as well as watching Tri Gun.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

    1. True Value of the product – Hard Copy and personalized ownership vs. intangible collection of information archived and spread for free. (A good thing to look at in this comparison is the actual social feelings on the released product. For instance, the Hatred of the new direction Metalica went through in the late 90s that caused alot of fans to still be interested in where the band was going but absolutely abhor the results. I still believe that some of the crap that was pawned off as music changed was only worthy or download and only in hopes that it would eventually change into something worthwhile. Most forms of music I are still waiting to see if it will actually turn back into something good. However I believe a decline and watered down product and the increase of “pop culture” or mainstream cliche helped in the uprise of pirated music. Movies went through its rough times but I felt piracy was strong during that time, but the revival of the Indie Film market exploded and started to rebuild films strengths. I think we are still in that phase of cinema. Since the recession hit, everything has been a hit for the most part due to people not having the money to travel and taking hold of the simple pleasures that are affordable for them now. Anyway this kinds belongs with number 2 as well)

    2. State of the Economy – People who don’t have the money to spend on a family trip to the theater but still need the escapism vs. Pirates with no respect for the hardwork of others (Including Entitled brats) vs. those who still wish to spend money for that personal power of belongings. (I am a poor soul with not much money but I’ll be damned if I Don’t buy a copy of every movie I ever watched and liked. Even if that meant I had to pirate it to see it the first time. I.E. Raging Phoenix and more.

    3.Is simply the black market. It has been around forever and will be around forever as long as something can be gotten for free and sold for cheaper than market price. This harks a little on my original statement plus number 1. What is the true value of the product. There are people that will pay for “their” copy of what they love and there are those that feel they are entitled for a lesser fee. Either way, there are middle grounds I’m not going into.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

    1. True Value of the product – Hard Copy and personalized ownership vs. intangible collection of information archived and spread for free. (A good thing to look at in this comparison is the actual social feelings on the released product. For instance, the Hatred of the new direction Metalica went through in the late 90s that caused alot of fans to still be interested in where the band was going but absolutely abhor the results. I still believe that some of the crap that was pawned off as music changed was only worthy or download and only in hopes that it would eventually change into something worthwhile. Most forms of music I are still waiting to see if it will actually turn back into something good. However I believe a decline and watered down product and the increase of “pop culture” or mainstream cliche helped in the uprise of pirated music. Movies went through its rough times but I felt piracy was strong during that time, but the revival of the Indie Film market exploded and started to rebuild films strengths. I think we are still in that phase of cinema. Since the recession hit, everything has been a hit for the most part due to people not having the money to travel and taking hold of the simple pleasures that are affordable for them now. Anyway this kinds belongs with number 2 as well)

    2. State of the Economy – People who don’t have the money to spend on a family trip to the theater but still need the escapism vs. Pirates with no respect for the hardwork of others (Including Entitled brats) vs. those who still wish to spend money for that personal power of belongings. (I am a poor soul with not much money but I’ll be damned if I Don’t buy a copy of every movie I ever watched and liked. Even if that meant I had to pirate it to see it the first time. I.E. Raging Phoenix and more.

    3.Is simply the black market. It has been around forever and will be around forever as long as something can be gotten for free and sold for cheaper than market price. This harks a little on my original statement plus number 1. What is the true value of the product. There are people that will pay for “their” copy of what they love and there are those that feel they are entitled for a lesser fee. Either way, there are middle grounds I’m not going into.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for or what you feel shouldn’t be paid for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation:

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I wonder how people feel about piracy on this site as a whole. My friends and I have weekly bouts about the nature of downloading and whether its right or wrong. I say right or wrong in joking because one of my roommates cant help but take everything that we think is serious and play devils advocate. Anyway, I find the Wolverine thing interesting as well, being that while leaked versions may play a small role in the income of a movies opening gross. I believe that Fox was really scared because they knew how much crap they were about to pawn off on the unsuspecting viewers and they didn’t want the hat out of the bag so soon. I believe and always believe being that cinema piracy has grown to where it is in my lifetime, that one thing will always stand true. “If someone isn’t going to pay full price or a price for your product, they will find a way to get it for cheaper or free”. This is the way it has always been. The black market will never die and not everyone wants to buy your product. Now I believe that because of technology, it has become a lot easier to not pay for what you don’t want to pay for or what you feel shouldn’t be paid for in the entertainment field. I think one of the main arguments or perspectives on the situation is that Technology has made the true Tri – Dichotomy (Dictionary.com failed me on a better word) of the situation: