Most pirated, downloaded movies

TorrentFreak has released its latest weekly movie download chart, which shows that How To Train Your Dragon 2 is currently the most pirated movie on BitTorrent.

Unseating Maleficent from its top spot, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is one of three new entries to TorrentFreak’s list.

The other two are A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Edge of Tomorrow.

Together, the three newcomers pushed out Think Like a Man Too, the TeleSync rip of 22 Jump Street, and The Prince.

A summary of the TorrentFreak charts compared to the top 10 movies on the US and South African iTunes stores, and the most popular movies on DStv BoxOffice, is given in the table below:

Rank BitTorrent iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice *
1 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Draft Day The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2 Maleficent Blended Endless Love A Haunted House 2
3 A Million Ways To Die In The West Godzilla Captain America: The Winter Soldier Filth
4 Godzilla The Other Woman Noah Noah (Online only)
5 The Fault in Our Stars The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Mr. Peabody and Sherman Need for Speed
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past (HDrip/TS) Divergent Frozen Non-Stop
7 Edge Of Tomorrow Neighbors Rio 2 The Colony (Online only)
8 Divergent Labor Day The Nut Job Tokarev (Online only)
9 Neighbors The Fault In Our Stars (Extended) The Grand Budapest Hotel Sabotage
10 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Belle Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon Divergent
* DStv BoxOffice Most Popular list not given in any order; ranking here is arbitrary.

Legal options

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.

The table below shows whether a movie that made TorrentFreak’s top 10 this week is available through legal channels:

Rank BitTorrent iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice
1 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Pre-order No No
2 Maleficent Pre-order Pre-order No
3 A Million Ways To Die In The West Pre-order Pre-order No
4 Godzilla Yes Pre-order No
5 The Fault in Our Stars Yes Pre-order No
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past (HDrip/TS) Pre-order Pre-order No
7 Edge Of Tomorrow Pre-order No No
8 Divergent Yes No Yes
9 Neighbors Yes No No
10 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Yes Yes No

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