Most pirated movies on BitTorrent

TorrentFreak has released its latest movie piracy rankings, revealing the most downloaded films through the BitTorrent protocol over the past week.

Big Hero 6 and Birdman entered at the top of the charts, pushing down the leaked DVD screener of American Sniper, The Interview, and Taken 3.

Other new entrants include Whiplash and Dumb and Dumber To.

Together, the newcomers to the chart helped boot Kill The Messenger, Jurassic City, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Gone Girl off the list.

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

DStv doesn’t provide a ranking for the most popular movies on its BoxOffice rental service, and as such the titles are in no particular order.

Rank TorrentFreak iTunes US iTunes ZA DStv BoxOffice
1 Big Hero 6 John Wick The Equalizer Sex Tape
2 Birdman Fury The Maze Runner The Maze Runner
3 American Sniper (DVDScr) Gone Girl Chef Dolphin Tale 2
4 The Interview The Homesman I Origins The Purge: Anarchy
5 Taken 3 The Judge Let’s Be Cops Let’s Be Cops
6 Dumb and Dumber To Birdman Lucy The Most Wanted Man
7 Wild Card Dracula Untold Men, Women & Children The November Man
8 Nightcrawler The Giver Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annabelle
9 Interstellar (DVDScr) The Best of Me Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
10 Whiplash Lucy Frozen The Longest Week

Legal options

Before 2012, South Africans had no real options to rent or buy movies in a digital format online.

Since then, Apple has brought its iTunes Movies service to South Africa, while MultiChoice launched DStv BoxOffice.

Both iTunes and BoxOffice offer transactional video on demand (TVOD) services, which lets users rent movies for a fee and then watch them within a certain period. iTunes Movies also lets you buy movies.

In 2014 South Africa’s video on demand space saw the launch of a number of sites that offer Netflix-like subscription video on demand (SVOD) services.

Vidi from Times Media Group launched first with a hybrid SVOD and TVOD service, shortly followed by the Altech Node and then MTN’s FrontRow.

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