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.|
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|
|3||A Million Ways To Die In The West||Pre-order||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|
|10||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Yes||Yes||No|