Most Pirated Movies Of 2012 Include ‘Project X,’ ‘Mission: Impossible’

A Tom Cruise spy adventure, a high school party flick, and a man in cowl have topped the list of movies pirated over the course of 2012. The list has been compiled by the folks at TorrentFreak.

Over the past twelve months, director Nima Nourizadeh’s raunchy comedy Project X was downloaded a whopping 8.7 million times. The website notes the film earned less money worldwide than any other entry on the list.

The latest entry in the Tom Cruise action vehicle Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol landed in the second place position with around 8.5 million downloads. Following hot on its heels are the high-profile superhero flicks The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers with 8.2 million and 8.1 million respective downloads.

Although the list is fairly predictable from top to bottom, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part One’s appearance is a little surprising since it hasn’t been in theaters nearly as long as others. Since opening in the US on November 16, the film has already been downloaded 6.7 million times.

According to Cinema Blend, a large number of the titles on the most pirated movies list were downloaded outside of the United States. The website explains this is likely due to the amount of time it takes certain movies to reach foreign soil. Instead of waiting for a proper theatrical or home video release, people decide to download the feature.

Earlier this month, TorrentFreak released a list of the most pirated television programs of 2012. Riding the top of this list was the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones. Dexter, The Big Bang Theory, and Breaking Bad were also popular choices.

Here’s the complete list of pirated movies:

1. Project X
2. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. The Avengers
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
6. 21 Jump Street
7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
8. The Dictator
9. Ice Age: Continental Drift
10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Have you ever downloaded a pirated movie?