Most pirated, downloaded movies

This week saw four new entrants to TorrentFreak’s charts of the most pirated movies, with the top two spots going to newcomers Noah and Transcendence.

The other two new films on the list were The Other Woman (coming in 5th) and Heaven is For Real (coming in 8th).

Making way for the four fresh entries to the charts were Neighbors (a webrip), Godzilla (TS), Maleficent (TS), and Bad Words.

Online piracy has been called “competition” to legal channels for acquiring content, such as Apple’s iTunes movie store.

Though a controversial way of viewing copyright infringement, it remains interesting to compare what is available legally in South Africa to what is available through less legitimate channels.

Not too long ago it was all but impossible to buy or rent digital movies in South Africa, but this changed in 2012 when MultiChoice launched the online version of its DStv BoxOffice service.

This allowed users who were not DStv subscribers to rent movies online.

MultiChoice’s launch of DStv BoxOffice Online was shortly followed by Apple’s launch of the “Films” category in the South African iTunes store, which offers both digital movie rentals and purchases.

Rentals for non-subscribers on DStv BoxOffice cost up to R32 for a new release.

Prices on iTunes were recently increased due to the implementation of new digital tax laws, with new SD movie rentals costing R35, while HD rentals cost up to R45.

The table below compares TorrentFreak’s top 10 to the top 10 movies available through legal channels in South Africa, as well as the US iTunes store:

Rank TorrentFreak iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice *
1 Noah Rio 2 The LEGO Movie Pompeii
2 Transcendence The LEGO Movie 300: Rise Of An Empire Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
3 Rio 2 The Grand Budapest Hotel Winter’s Tale Robocop
4 A Million Ways to Die in the West (Webrip) Lone Survivor Frozen Vrou Soek Boer
5 The Other Woman 300: Rise Of An Empire American Hustle The Monuments Men
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past (HDCAM) Non-stop Ride Along Winter’s Tale
7 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (HDTS) Jack Ryan: Shadown Recruit The Monuments Men The Pretty One
8 Heaven Is For Real Transcendence The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 300: Rise Of An Empire
9 300: Rise Of An Empire The Lunchbox Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Vampire Academy (online only)
10 The Grand Budapest Hotel The Monuments Men The Butler The Frozen Ground (online only)
* DStv BoxOffice doesn’t rank popular films from most to least popular, so the order here is arbitrary.

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