TorrentFreak recently released its list of the most pirated movies of the past week.
Many of the titles that make TorrentFreak’s charts aren’t widely available, and it is interesting to compare the top-10 charts from legitimate online platforms to its piracy ranking.
The tables below show how iTunes and Google Play Movies’ charts in the US and South Africa compare to the top pirated movies list.
A comparison of the charts of legal video services available in South Africa, including DStv BoxOffice, is also shown.
TorrentFreak versus the US
|Rank||TorrentFreak||iTunes US||Google Movies US|
|1||Deadpool||The Big Short||The Big Short|
|2||Kung Fu Panda 3||Sisters||Creed|
|3||The 5th Wave||Brooklyn||Sisters|
|4||Ip Man 3||The Hateful Eight||The Good Dinosaur|
|5||The Hateful Eight||Creed||Spectre|
|6||The Revenant||Spotlight||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2|
|7||Zootopia||Alvin and the Chipmunks Road Chip||The Hateful Eight|
|8||The Big Short||Spectre||The Martian|
|9||Spectre||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2||Spotlight|
|10||The Gigolo 2||The Big Lebowski||The Night Before|
It should be noted that The Revenant is also available for online rental or purchase in the US.
Those not available on US services are:
- Kung Fu Panda 3
- The 5th Wave
- Ip Man 3
- The Gigolo 2
TorrentFreak versus South Africa
|Rank||TorrentFreak||iTunes ZA||Google Movies ZA||DStv BoxOffice*|
|1||Deadpool||The Good Dinosaur||Bling||Dis Ek, Anna|
|2||Kung Fu Panda 3||Bridge of Spies||The Martian||Bridge of Spies|
|3||The 5th Wave||Hotel Transylvania 2||The Intern||Sicario|
|4||Ip Man 3||The Intern||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||The Perfect Guy|
|5||The Hateful Eight||The Martian||Hitman: Agent 47||Pan|
|6||The Revenant||Burnt||Everest||The Martian|
|7||Zootopia||Black Mass||Burnt||No Escape|
|8||The Big Short||Brooklyn||Straight Outta Compton||Brooklyn|
|9||Spectre||Inside Out||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||How To Make Love Like an Englishman|
|10||The Gigolo 2||Everest||Crimson Peak||Girlz 4 Life|
|*DStv BoxOffice movie rankings are arbitrary.|
None of the films on TorrentFreak’s charts are available for home rental or purchase in South Africa.
While it is not illegal to use BitTorrent to download content, it is illegal (perhaps even criminal) to torrent copyrighted media without permission.
In the past, South Africans didn’t have many options to buy or rent films online, but the situation has changed in the past few years.
DStv’s BoxOffice movie rental launched in 2011 and was brought to the web in 2012.
Apple launched iTunes Movies in South Africa at the end of 2012, while services like Netflix, ShowMax, Vidi, VU, and OntapTV launched in recent years.
Google Movies came to South Africa in February 2016.