December 22nd, 2010
04:58 PM ET
Even among the movies that have been pirated, “Avatar” takes the top spot.
The Oscar-winning film - already the highest-grossing movie of all time after pulling in $2.8 billion at the global box office - was the most pirated movie of 2010 having been downloaded from torrent websites 16,580,000 million times, according to TorrentFreak.com. Never before has TorrentFreak seen that many downloads of a movie within one year, the website reports.
“Avatar” was followed by “Kick-Ass,” this spring’s super-hero movie starring Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz, that had some kick ass attitude. It earned a modest $48 million at the box office, but the film was downloaded from torrent sites 11.4 million times.
In third place is “Inception,” starring the highest-grossing actor of 2010, Leonardo DiCaprio. The mind-bending film was downloaded 9.7 million times, according to TorrentFreak.
Rounding out the top five are “Shutter Island” (downloaded 9,490,000 times) and “Iron Man 2” (8,810,000 times). Another Oscar winner, "The Hurt Locker," came in at No. 9 with 6.85 million downloads.
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