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Most Pirated Film of 2011 Still Earned $626M
December 28, 2011 02:12 PM
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The MPAA needs another argument.
Like the RIAA before it, the film industry's collection of ornery busybodies has long argued that piracy has a massive detrimental effect on profits. Along with its dubious methods of rating films, the MPAA has equally suspect --
and widely debunked
-- arguments on how every BitTorrent download takes money from the studios' well-stuffed coffers.
But as we saw with the hugely successful opening weekend and global box office of
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
-- despite the fact that the leaked workprint was downloaded
4.5 million times
) estimation -- the most pirated movie of 2011 also enjoyed abundant returns in theaters.
According to TorrentFreak
-- the latest entry in
) high-octane franchise -- was the number one illegally downloaded movie this year with an estimated 9.2 million downloads. The film, however, earned $626 million in theaters worldwide.
The other entries on TorrentFreak's list didn't do too badly either. In the number two slot was
) hit comedy sequel
The Hangover II
, which had a worldwide tally of $581 million.
rounded out the top three and earned nearly $450 million for the mouse studio.
In fact, only two films --
-- earned less than $100 million globally. However, one could argue that a story that everyone's heard of and a story no one wanted to hear in the first place wouldn't, necessarily, be affected by piracy anyway.
And of the top ten most pirated, one --
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
-- earned over $1.3 billion worldwide, not to mention the countless millions Warner Bros. will earn from rentals and DVD sales. Doesn't seem like 6 million illegal downloads hurt the final tally.
Nevertheless, for the foreseeable future, the MPAA will toss around unfounded numbers on how those AVIs and MP4s on your
) equate to billions lost each year -- and will continue to do so until the archaic institution makes like the RIAA and fully embraces online streaming content via
), and Hulu.
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