Despite the continued widespread condemnation from copyright holders and the hefty criminal penalties that go along with it, online piracy continued to run rampant in 2015, with figures revealing that movie piracy in particular was up significantly year over year (for reference, the most pirated film of 2015 was downloaded almost 50% more than 2014’s most pirated).
Given that 2015 was the biggest year ever for film, with over $11 billion in box office revenue in North America alone, it makes sense that piracy numbers would be up as well. But which movies were the most popular with pirates? Piracy tracker firm Excipio [via Variety] has released their data for the year and the results are a mix of obvious candidates and some real surprises. Here are the top 10 most pirated movies of the year.
10. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 30.92 Million Downloads
Rounding out the top 10 is director Matthew Vaughn’s kinetic spy action flick Kingsman: The Secret Service. Fortunately, despite being released earlier in the year and being so heavily pirated, Kingsman managed to become Vaughn’s most successful film to date and a sequel is already scheduled for release on June 16, 2017. Looks like the pirates couldn’t stop this one from becoming a hit!