The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is most pirated film of 2013

By on January 1, 2014, 9:00 AM
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Following news from TorrentFreak last week that Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show of 2013, it has now been revealed that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the most pirated film of the year. TorrentFreak reports that with around 8.4 million downloads through BitTorrent, Peter Jackson's three-hour epic narrowly beat Django Unchained, which posted 8.1 million downloads.

TorrentFreak: Most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, 2013

Rank Show Estimated Downloads Worldwide Grosses
1 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 8,400,000 $1,017,003,568
2 Django Unchained 8,100,000 $425,368,238
3 Fast and Furious 6 7,900,000 $788,679,850
4 Iron Man 3 7,600,000 $1,215,439,994
5 Silver Linings Playbook 7,500,000 $236,412,453
6 Star Trek Into Darkness 7,400,000 $467,365,246
7 Gangster Squad 7,200,000 $105,200,903
8 Now You See Me 7,000,000 $351,723,989
9 The Hangover Part 3 6,900,000 $351,000,072
10 World War Z 6,700,000 $540,007,876

Other major, high-grossing films to make the top ten list include Fast and Furious 6 (7.9 million downloads), Iron Man 3 (7.6 million), Star Trek Into Darkness (7.4 million) and World War Z (6.7 million). The lowest-grossing film on the list was Gangster Squad, which made $105 million at the box office and recorded 7.2 million illegal downloads.

Out of 2013's top grossing films at the box office, only two films made it to the top 10 most pirated for the year; meanwhile The Hobbit was the only film from 2012's highest grossing that made the list. The United States box office will likely record the best year in history, but piracy still remains a significant factor for studios worldwide.




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1 person liked this | BMfan BMfan said:

And it's so sad that they didn't make any money.

The only movie I pirated there was Star trek and F&F 6 and out of the two I bought the blu-ray version of Star trek and cried that I wasted bandwidth on downloading F&F 6.

1 person liked this | wastedkill said:

$1.2billion for iron man 3... jesus...

rvnwlfdroid said:

It's not that they (the studios) are not making money, it's they feel they are missing out on the extra revenue for the pirated copies. Now what do you think would happen if the studios would release a (low def) downloadable version for free but you would have to pay for the high def version. Be it watching it in theaters, DVD/blu-ray.

EClyde EClyde said:

No accounting for some taste. That movie was a made up garbage story

EClyde EClyde said:

Iron Man 3 was really , really , really trash

TheBigFatClown said:

$1.2billion for iron man 3... jesus...

I know. I haven't seen any of the Iron Man movies. And I guess this goes without saying from my first sentence but I don't really care if I ever see any of them. I liked Batman Begins and the first Dark Knight with Heath Ledger as the Joker. Never bothered with the sequel. Unlike a lot of people, if the trailer doesn't inspire to see the movie, what makes people think that the actual movie will be any good?

Same goes for, what's it called again, "The Hobbitt"? LOL. Meh, maybe if I had nothing else better to do on planet earth. "Lord of the Rings" movies were over-hyped. Wasted enough time on those movies.

With movie rentals only costing a $1.27? at Red Box it's hard to understand why people still pirate. You can even buy some Blu-Ray movies for $5 a piece. If the movie industry, hell for that matter, if the entire "digital bits for sale" industry sold all their intellectual properties at reasonable prices, again Steam being the poster child for this massive success, piracy would probably disappear. Paying $19.99 to own a blu-ray movie is okay for the early adopters. Charging a premium on digital-bits for early adopters is no crime. But charging premiums for digital bits that have been out for a long time should be a crime.

One of the most egregious crimes I see right now is what they are charging for Cyberlink's PowerDVD Ultra 13. A $100 for something that can be infinitely reproduced when you can go out and buy a physical Blu-Ray hardware player for $40.00. Is something wrong here people? $100 for a virtual Blu-Ray player software? Uh, I don't think so. Cyberlink software is why piracy exists. Steam, on the other hand, balances it all out I guess.

TheBigFatClown said:

Iron Man 3 was really , really , really trash

I haven't seen it but I'll take your word for it. The commercials never inspired me enough to watch any of the movies. I wonder if it's because I can't take Robert Downey junior very seriously as an actor. He was good in 'Back to School' but outside of pure comedies he doesn't seem to fit the action hero role in my opinion.

How does a movie that sucks gross $1.2bn? Over-hyped? Momentum from the first 2 that were worth watching it? Incredible none the less.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Unlike a lot of people, if the trailer doesn't inspire to see the movie, what makes people think that the actual movie will be any good?
Movie trailer quality still doesn't mean anything. They are a sales pitch regardless of content.

1 person liked this | TheBigFatClown said:

Movie trailer quality still doesn't mean anything. They are a sales pitch regardless of content.

For people who ignore the purpose of the trailers...I agree with you. Most people probably decided they would see Iron Man 3 when it was first announced that it was being made. I don't make my movie decision that way. I loved The Dark Knight. In spite of that fact I never had any(or to be honest, hardly any) desire to see the follow up. Since the main vilian is a guy wearing a cup on his face. I loved Matrix 1, Matrix 2 was 'eh, okay'. Never even bothered wasting my time on number 3. I don't have to see a movie just 'cuz'.

But yeah, I agree, a trailer does different things for different people. One thing it does, is simply make people aware that a movie is out. "Oh hey, I just seen Iron Man 3 commerical on television." "Cool beans, lets go see it". No thought invested in the actual content of the trailer. No desire to wait for movie reviews and feedback. I wonder what the demographic is of the $1.2bn that Iron Man 3 took in. Teens going out on first dates? That's my best guess. LOL.

5 people like this | LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Wow. Things are so much easier for me than most of you guys. I enjoy most movies I see and I try to see pretty much anything I get a chance to. I'm fairly easy to please and have enjoyed almost everything people have called garbage in this thread so far. I enjoyed all the Iron Man movies, all the new Batman movies, the first Matrix was almost life changing and the next two were just okay, I've enjoyed all the F&F except Tokyo Drift, and I love all of the LotR and related movies. Guess I just like movies.

tomkaten tomkaten said:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Budget $200-315 million

Box office $1,017,003,568

I think they're doing ok so far...

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

The trailer for the new Godzilla looked amazing.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Given the subject matter of and potential audience of, "The Hobbit", this thread has destroyed all my fondest imaginings & stereotypes....

I wishfully thought this was a pirate:

Now I come to find out this is a pirate:

"Oh the horror, the horror" (Francis Ford Coppola (?) or possibly Marlon Brando, maybe even Martin Sheen, who cares)?

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

I went into the Hobbit thinking it was going to be Lord of the Rings... Needless to say I was disappointed. Still have not seen the second one. Doubt I will.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

There is a second hobbit?

3 people like this | Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

There is a second hobbit?

They've split it into 3 for maximum money-making!!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

If, "Lord of the Rings", was a trilogy, why would anyone expect , "The Hobbit", to be any less?

"Star Wars", was supposed to be three trilogies, until George Lucas finally said, "f*** it". I guess he didn't want to make too much money, assuming that's even possible.

What would you call that anyway, a "trilogy trilogy"....?

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

If, "Lord of the Rings", was a trilogy, why would anyone expect , "The Hobbit", to be any less?

"Star Wars", was supposed to be three trilogies, until George Lucas finally said, "f*** it". I guess he didn't want to make too much money, assuming that's even possible.

What would you call that anyway, a "trilogy trilogy"....?

Well The Lord of the Rings books are a trilogy since there are three of them but The Hobbit is only one book. I guess people assumed 3 books equals 3 movie while 1 book equals 1 movie but that wasn't enough for the investors.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Well The Lord of the Rings books are a trilogy since there are three of them but The Hobbit is only one book. I guess people assumed 3 books equals 3 movie while 1 book equals 1 movie but that wasn't enough for the investors.
Well, if they only made 1 movie out of the one book, the nerds would be second guessing the producers, and whining what got left out that they feel should have been left in, yadda, yadda, yadda, ad nauseum. etc, etc, etc. So now, the confederation of nerds, can suck on what amounts to being charged 3 times, for inflicting themselves with what likely amounts to, "an acute hobbit overdose".

I have to confess though, I do have a weakness for talking dragons. So, I guess I'm on the wrong side of the current conflict. (At least if I've understood the ads for this movie).

In any event, I'm quite aware that, "Lord of the Rings", was a trilogy. In fact, it was required reading for any would be, "hippie", worth his or her weed during the 60's & 70's..

With that said, I did sneak in reading most of the more popular hipster novels of the period, "Steppenwolf", "Slaughter House Five", and "Brave New World", (which was the best novel ever, IMO).

I bought ALL three (!), Lord of the Rings movies, but in the same way I didn't read the books, I haven't watched the movies either. Perhaps I should put that on my bucket list.

I have to side with @LNCPapa on this. If the figures on the screen move, and sound comes out of the speakers, it's more, "movie making magic", than I've been able to accomplish. So, I subdue any negative rant I might enjoy having at the movie's expense, and simply let the experience pass into history.

If that makes me easy to amuse, so be it.

Oddly, I can tolerate about 42 minutes of even the most heinous stinkers, before I shut them off. (Hint, 42 minutes, is the actual length of a 1 hour TV scripted drama).

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

In any event, I'm quite aware that, "Lord of the Rings", was a trilogy. In fact, it was required reading for any would be, "hippie", worth his or her weed during the 60's & 70's..

Oddly, I can tolerate about 42 minutes of even the most heinous stinkers, before I shut them off. (Hint, 42 minutes, is the actual length of a 1 hour TV scripted drama).

Any would be, "hippie", worth his or her *Pipe-weed

And I figured 42 minutes was chosen because it is the answer to life, the universe, and everything...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Any would be, "hippie", worth his or her *Pipe-weed

And I figured 42 minutes was chosen because it is the answer to life, the universe, and everything...

Considering that most people today get their exposure to, "life, the universe, and everything", from TV scripted dramas, the producers of "Hitchhiker's'", may not have entirely chosen that number at random to begin with ..!

Disclaimer: The above statement is possibly a, "pipe dream", on the part of its originator...

1 person liked this | Guest said:

I used to go to the theater to watch movies, but I've been disappointed again and again. They always show all the good scenes in the trailer. I haven't watched any movie that has come out in the last year and half. I torrent television shows that are not on Netflix. I don't bother at all with movies anymore.

EClyde EClyde said:

If anyone wonders why Hollywood can continue to make trash and sell it they just need to read this thread. I love you too and Happy New Year

Guest said:

If films were good folks would buy but most of these titles were not that great IMO.

1 person liked this | wastedkill said:

The hobbit and iron man films are amazing, the hobbit is more like a slight ova of lord of the rings and iron man brings out the geek in me so ye those 2 are the films I will instantly watch when I see they are in cinema!

For anyone that loves lord of the rings the hobbit is a must watch, I dont see why people are soo fussy!!!

nvm_my_comment nvm_my_comment said:

Guess I just like movies.

Please, don't take this as an insult, but arent you just young? I remember when I was 15, I watch every action movie I could, and enjoyed them. But by 18-19 I was really bored and it seemed every one of them was the same (Weak plot, shallow love story, totally unrealistic physic, but THE WORST: hollywood shitty politic-infused American moral and the white and black good/evil).

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Please, don't take this as an insult, but arent you just young?
I don't know how old @LNCPapa is but I'm 41 and can relate to his comment. What turns me off from watching a movie is when they try and make up for their shortcomings, by appealing to the audiences lust for nudity and violence. I'd rather watch animated or teen movies than those types.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Please, don't take this as an insult, but arent you just young?

I'd like to think I'm young at heart , but I've always loved movies and don't see that changing in the future. I watch and enjoy all the Disney movies with my kids also and love how much adult humor is in those movies. I forgot to mention that I love the Despicable Me movies and wish there was an Incredibles 2.

lipe123 said:

Hahahaha joke's on them! The Hobbit movies is possibly the biggest fail against the backdrop of LOTR.

Made up BS story that wasn't in the books, added lotr characters to the story that wasn't in the book and just wasted time making possibly 3X 1hour movies into 3 hours of time wasting each.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc32YdEWHzo

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

If anyone wonders why Hollywood can continue to make trash and sell it they just need to read this thread. I love you too and Happy New Year
There's an old saying, "those that can't, teach". I've revised that somewhat.Now it goes, "those that have no clue even how to do it, come to Techspot and criticize".

You be sure to invite me to the premier of YOUR feature film. You know, the one that's going to put such heinous stinkers such as "Avatar", "Ironman", "Star Trek", and so on, to shame.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Hahahaha joke's on them! The Hobbit movies is possibly the biggest fail against the backdrop of LOTR.
...[ ]....Just because you don't want to see it......(?) Does that really matter anyway?

I'd like to think I'm young at heart , but I've always loved movies and don't see that changing in the future. I watch and enjoy all the Disney movies with my kids also and love how much adult humor is in those movies. I forgot to mention that I love the Despicable Me movies and wish there was an Incredibles 2.
I've waded through the plodding stinkers that Siskel and Ebert gave two thumbs up, then proceeded to foam at the mouth during the rest of the review over.

Actually, most of the time it was crap, low budget, inter personal conflict drama, that everybody gets way too much of already at home. And FWIW, I"ll take a spandex clad cutie blowing up the opposing team's spaceship, any day.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I don't know how old @LNCPapa is but I'm 41 and can relate to his comment. What turns me off from watching a movie is when they try and make up for their shortcomings, by appealing to the audiences lust for nudity and violence. I'd rather watch animated or teen movies than those types.
Then you should dispense with formalities, and curl up with a good book while you're watching porn.:p You can always deny it was on, since you, "weren't paying attention".

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