Top pirated, downloaded movies

This week’s most pirated movies on BitTorrent, according to Torrentfreak, sees the entry of Maleficent in the number one spot.

Brick Mansions, a telesync copy of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a Webrip of Godzilla are also new to the charts this week.

Together, the four new entrants pushed the camera-recorded copies of Hercules and Guardians of the Galaxy off the list, as well as The Other Woman, and Need for Speed.

A comparison of the top 10 movies on BitTorrent trackers, iTunes US, and iTunes South Africa, along with the most popular movies on DStv BoxOffice is shown in the table below.

Rank BitTorrent iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice *
1 Maleficent Divergent Noah Tokarev
2 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Neighbours Mr Peabody and Sherman Peabody and Sherman
3 Divergent The Other Woman The Grand Budapest Hotel Oldboy
4 X-Men: Days of Future Past (HDrip/TS) Dead Poets Society Frozen The Reef 2: High Tide
5 22 Jump Street (TS) Mrs Doubtfire Rio 2 Noah
6 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Muppets Most Wanted The Lego Movie Endless Love
7 Brick Mansions Blended Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit The Art of the Steal
8 The Expendables 3 (DVDscr) Noah The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Unknown (online only)
9 Godzilla (Webrip) Good Morning, Vietnam Ride Along Hours (online only)
10 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (TS) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Mud N/A
* DStv BoxOffice “Most Popular” list not given in any particular order; ranking is arbitrary.

Robin Williams

The recent death of Robin Williams has caused a spike in popularity in his films on iTunes and, to a smaller degree, on BitTorrent where a whole collection of his movies is available as a single download.

On the US iTunes charts, old Robin Williams films such as Dead Poets Society; Mrs Doubtfire; and Good Morning, Vietnam cracked the top 10.

Good Will Hunting, The Birdcage, Patch Adams, What Dreams May Come, Man of the Year, The World According to Garp, Hook, Flubber, and Jack were all in the US iTunes top 100 chart.

On the South Africa iTunes top 100 movies chart, only two of Williams’ films managed to rank: The Birdcage (18), and Moscow on the Hudson (19).

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 content from Vodo.net, games from the Humble Store and Blizzard Entertainment (WarCraft, StarCraft, Diablo), and Linux distributions.

While there aren’t very many legal options for buying or renting films online in South Africa, the digital media distribution situation has improved significantly since 2011.

For example, MultiChoice launched its DStv BoxOffice movie rental service in 2011, which it brought to the web during 2012, which was followed by Apple’s launch of a South African version of its iTunes Movies service.

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