The Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of 2009

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



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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.

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    LMAO!! I buy my movies. I will see someone’s bootleg, but that’s only because I didn’t make it to the theatre. I don’t buy them, just borrow. When the film comes out I buy them because I’m a special features fanatic. Gotta have my BTS, deleted scenes and featurettes.

  • Dedpool

    LMAO!! I buy my movies. I will see someone’s bootleg, but that’s only because I didn’t make it to the theatre. I don’t buy them, just borrow. When the film comes out I buy them because I’m a special features fanatic. Gotta have my BTS, deleted scenes and featurettes.

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    Laughing at my pain lol. I really need the ability to delete all this.

    Anyway – I definitely buy my movies, though I have been guilty of dl’ing, but like you said, mostly because it didn’t come out in theater. Definitely gotta have those features haha.

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

    Laughing at my pain lol. I really need the ability to delete all this.

    Anyway – I definitely buy my movies, though I have been guilty of dl’ing, but like you said, mostly because it didn’t come out in theater. Definitely gotta have those features haha.