Bilbo Baggins' tale closely followed by 'Django Unchained' and 'Fast & Furious 6'
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been named the most-pirated film of 2013, illegally downloaded around 8.4 million times.
The Peter Jackson-directed film, which tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and a gang of dwarves eager to reclaim their homeland, was closely followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which was illegally downloaded just over eight million times, while Fast & Furious 6 came third on the chart, pirated around 7.9million times.
The information was compiled by torrenting news site TorrentFreak. Making up the rest of the Top 10 are Iron Man 3 (7.6 million), Silver Linings Playbook (7.5 million), Star Trek Into Darkness (7.4 million), Gangster Squad (7.2 million), Now You See Me (7 million), The Hangover Part 3 (6.9 million) and finally World War Z (6.7 million).
Despite the alarming volume of illegal downloads, the figures are actually slightly down on a similar chart released at the end of 2012, with Hollywood still registering box office receipts of around $11billion (£6.6billion) for the year. There are also a number of high-grossing films not on TorrentFreak’s list, including The Hunger Game: Catching Fire, which could be due to the film’s November release date not giving pirates enough time to download the film, as well as Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, Gravity and Man Of Steel.
TorrentFreak’s data is compiled from various sources including download statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers; the numbers exclude pirated copies shared on rogue online-streaming sites or cyberlockers.