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|
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|
|Edge of Tomorrow||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|22 Jump Street||No||Pre-order||No||No|
|Maleficent||No||Yes||Yes (20 Oct)||No|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Are You Here||No||No||No||No|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||No||No||No||No|