2014’s Most Pirated Films: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Tops ‘Frozen’

Source: Paramount Pictures
Source: Paramount Pictures

The Wolf of Wall Street earned five nominations at last year’s Academy Awards, and now it’s added another distinction to its name. According to Variety, the Martin Scorsese-directed flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, was just dubbed the most pirated movie of the year.

The controversial black comedy released in 2013 and adapted from Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name, has officially been named the most-torrented film of 2014. The results were based on calculations by the piracy-tracking firm Excipio, which compiled data taken from the time period between January 1 to December 23. Per their report, the movie was downloaded more than 30 million times over the course of the year —blowing away the numbers of last year’s most-pirated movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which only accrued 8.72 million illegal downloads.

The Wolf of Wall Street beat out Disney’s global hit, Frozen, making it one of the few spheres in which the animated movie hasn’t completely dominated. Still, Frozen landed in the No. 2 spot by only a marginal difference. In addition to grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office and spawning a soundtrack that topped the charts, it quickly became one of the bestselling albums of 2014. The Disney movie also garnered a little over 29.9 million illegal downloads in the past year.

Rounding out the top three of the most-pirated films of the year is Robocop, with 29.879 million downloads. As Variety points out, the 2014 Robocop reboot has the same name as the original 1987 version, so it’s unclear how many downloads are for the reboot and how many are for the original. The total combines the number of downloads for both versions.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, another award season favorite starring Sandra Bullock, came in at No. 4 on the list, with a total of 29.357 million illegal downloads. It was followed closely by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with a total of 27.627 million illegal downloads, which closes out the top five most-pirated films of the year .

The rest of the top 20 most-pirated films list is largely comprised of big screen comic adaptations along with some critically acclaimed Oscar favorites, action films, and a couple of smash-hit young adult franchises. Here’s the list in its entirety via Variety, with each movie title followed by its number of illegal downloads:

1. The Wolf of Wall Street  30.035 million
2. Frozen – 29.919 million
3. RoboCop – 29.879 million
4. Gravity — 29.357 million
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 27.627 million
6. Thor: The Dark World — 25.749 million
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier  25.628 million
8. The Legend of Hercules — 25.137 million
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past — 24.380 million
10. 12 Years a Slave – 23.653 million
11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — 23.543 million
12. American Hustle — 23.143 million
13. 300: Rise of an Empire — 23.096 million
14. Transformers: Age of Extinction — 21.65 million
15. Godzilla  20.956 million
16. Noah – 20.334 million
17. Divergent – 20.312 million
18. Edge of Tomorrow — 20.299 million
19. Captain Phillips – 19.817 million
20. Lone Survivor  19.130 million

The ranking comes shortly after TorrentFreak also released the most-pirated TV shows of 2014. Game of Thrones nabbed that title for the third straight year in a row, with more than 8 million downloads, AMC’s The Walking Dead, which garnered almost 4.8 million downloads.

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