Most popular movies on BitTorrent, iTunes, DStv BoxOffice

TorrentFreak released its weekly chart of the most pirated movies of the week, which saw 300 sequel Rise of An Empire retain its top spot.

The camera rip of X-Men: Days of Future Past climbed from third to second place, while a cam copy of Edge of Tomorrow (which opened in theatres in South Africa this past weekend) entered the charts in 5th place.

There were two other new entrants to TorrentFreak’s rankings: A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Sleeping Beauty.

Together they helped knock Oculus, Rob the Mob, and 3 Days to Kill off the charts, which were ranked 7th, 8th, and 9th last week.

Rio 2, last week’s number 10, climbed to 6th place.

The table below compares the top 10 movies on TorrentFreak to what is available through legal channels in South Africa, and the US iTunes store:

Rank TorrentFreak iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice*
1 300: Rise of an Empire Non-Stop Robocop Pompeii
2 X-Men: Days of Future Past (HDCam) Jack Ryan: Shadow Frozen Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2
3 The Grand Budapest Hotel Lone Survivor Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Robocop
4 Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist 21 Jump Street The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
5 Edge of Tomorrow (TS/Cam) The Lego Movie Counsellor The Frozen Ground
6 Rio 2 Nebraska Blue Jasmine 17 Again (Online only)
7 A Million Ways to Die in the West (Webrip) How to Train Your Dragon The Butler Frozen (Online only)
8 The Lego Movie Robocop Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery Veronica Mars (Online only)
9 Non-Stop The Wolf of Wall Street Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Dallas Buyers Club (Online only)
10 Sleeping Beauty Frozen Saving Mr. Banks
* No particular order given for most popular DStv BoxOffice movies, so ranking is arbitrary

Legal options

While there is nothing illegal about using BitTorrent to download content, it is illegal (perhaps even criminal) to torrent copyrighted media without permission to do so.

Examples of content that is legally distributed through BitTorrent include Linux distributions, patches for Blizzard games such as StarCraft and Diablo, and Vodo.net.

While there aren’t very many legal options for buying or renting films online in South Africa, at least there are some options now. A a few years ago there were none.

For example, MultiChoice launched its DStv BoxOffice movie rental service in 2011, which it brought to the web during 2012, and Apple has launched a South African version of its iTunes Movies service.

Anyone can open a DStv BoxOffice account online and rent movies to download or stream through their desktop or online players.

DStv Premium and Extra subscribers can rent movies from BoxOffice using an HD-capable PVR decoder, and also get discounts on online rentals.

Like BoxOffice, iTunes lets users rent movies to stream or download via its client software. It also lets users buy digital copies of movies.

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