The top 10 pirated films of 2015 have been announced, and while you probably won’t be too surprised by the films included in the list, you might be shocked to learn the huge amount that they were actually illegally downloaded.
The list of the fourteen films that were illegally downloaded the most in 2015 was revealed by Excipio, via Variety, who announced that Interstellar came out on top with over 46.7 million downloads. This is around 45 percent more than its counterpart in 2014. You can read the full list below:
- Interstellar – 46,762,310
- Furious 7 – 44,794,877
- Avengers: Age Of Ultron – 41,594,159
- Jurassic World – 36,881,763
- Mad Max: Fury Road – 36,443,244
- American Sniper – 33,953,737
- Fifty Shades Of Grey – 32,126,827
- The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies – 31,574,872
- Terminator: Genisys – 31,001,480
- Kingsman: The Secret Service – 30,922,987
- Focus – 26,792,863
- San Andreas – 25,883,469
- The Minions – 23,495,140
- Inside Out – 22,734,070
When the list of 2014’s most pirated movies was released, it was revealed that Wolf Of The Wall Street had come out on top. However, in what is clear evidence of the increase in illegal downloads over the last 12 months, if Wolf Of Wall Street had been included in this list it wouldn’t have even made the top 10, as the Martin Scorsese directed film was only downloaded 30.035 million times over the course of 2014.
Interstellar was written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who had previously overseen the likes of Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. It starred Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.
Despite the fact that the sci-fi epic was illegally downloaded by millions of people across the world, Interstellar, which cost around $165 million to make, still went on to gross $675 million at the box office. It was met with mostly positive reviews, which praised Nolan’s film for its music, visual effects, and the performance of McConaughey.
Problems regarding illegal downloading are still arising in Hollywood. In fact, over the last few weeks, FBI agents were called in to investigate after a copy of Quentin Tarantino’s new film, The Hateful Eight, was leaked online.
The FBI were able to link the DVD back to Andrew Kosove, who is a top Hollywood producer that is the co-CEO of Alcon Entertainment and most recently oversaw the production of Point Break. This leaked copy of the film was uploaded to the internet, and it soon began to circulate online.
However Kosove has insisted that he didn’t even know that the copy had arrived to the offices, that he didn’t sign for it, and that he denies any knowledge of the screener. FBI agents visited Alcon Entertainment’s Los Angeles office as part of their investigation.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kosove insisted, “It never touched my hands. We’re going to do more than cooperate with the FBI. We’re going to conduct our own investigation to find out what happened.
The film executive then told Deadline, “Nobody knows anything, but I promise we will find out. And I am praying that it had nothing to do with anyone at our beloved company.”
The Hateful Eight was released on Christmas Day, and it’s yet to be seen if the release of the screener online has affected the box office haul of the eighth film from Quentin Tarantino, which stars Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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