Top pirated, downloaded movies in the world

TorrentFreak has released its weekly list of the top 10 most pirated movies over the BitTorrent protocol, which saw Sex Tape, Lucy, and Are You Here entering the charts.

Sex Tape entered the charts in second place, unable to unseat Transformers: Age of Extinction.

However, the three newcomers managed to push Million Dollar Arm, The Fault in Our Stars, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 off the charts.

TorrentFreak estimates the data from which it derives its charts itself, and releases it for informational and educational reference only.

The table below shows TorrentFreak’s top 10, and how it compares to the list of most popular movies through local and international channels.

Rank TorrentFreak iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice
1 Transformers: Age of Extinction Transformers: Age of Extinction The Other Woman The Other Woman
2 Sex Tape Godzilla (2014) The Nut Job Godzilla (2014)
3 Edge of Tomorrow The Fault in our Stars Frozen Heaven is For Real
4 22 Jump Street Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
5 Lucy Edge of Tomorrow Noah Walk of Shame
6 Maleficent Fed Up (2014) Endless Love (2014) 3 Days to Kill
7 X-Men: Days of Future Past Chef That Awkward Moment Lone Survivor
8 Good People The Lunchbox Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9 Are You Here Blended (2014) Mr. Peabody & Sherman A Million Ways to Die in the West
10 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Draft Day 300: Rise of an Empire N/A
DStv BoxOffice’s “Most Popular” list does not rank titles; order here is arbitrary

Legal options

South Africa has seen a number of legal channels for on-demand video come online in the past few years.

Recent months were particularly exciting on this front as Vidi, a Netflix-like subscription and transactional service launched, followed by the launch of Node – a satellite-based service.

MultiChoice responded to the new entrants by extending the availability of its satellite-based transactional service, DStv BoxOffice PVR, to DStv Compact subscribers.

The online version of BoxOffice is still available to anyone in South Africa with an Internet connection. BoxOffice is a purely transactional service, which means you pay for each rental. There are no subscription options available.

None of the movies listed in the charts above are available on Vidi or Node’s subscription services, but a few are available for rent.

The availability of the most popular movies on BitTorrent through South Africa’s legal channels are summarised in the table below.

Movie On BoxOffice? On iTunes ZA? On Vidi? On Node?
Transformers: Age of Extinction No Pre-order No No
Sex Tape No Pre-order No No
Edge of Tomorrow Yes Yes Yes No
22 Jump Street No Pre-order No No
Lucy No No No No
Maleficent No Yes Yes (20 Oct) No
X-Men: Days of Future Past Yes Yes No Yes
Good People No No No No
Are You Here No No No No
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For No No No No

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