ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at Creators.co
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Together, and his breakout superhero success story have been smashing records and snapping up awards since February 2016: highest grossing R-rated movie ever, first Best Picture nomination for a comic book superhero movie, and EW's Entertainer of the Year. Now, there's a slightly more illegal honor to tack on to that list of achievements: Deadpool was the most torrented movie of 2016.

This shouldn't really come as much of a shock, if you consider that Deadpool was also the most searched movie of 2016. I guess now we know why people were searching for it!

Despite being such a hot commodity for illegal downloads, Deadpool still came in as the sixth highest-grossing domestic movie of the year, earning $363.1 million in the US and $783 million worldwide. According to Torrent Freak, it's pretty common that such a high-earner at the box office does big numbers of illegal downloads:

'Deadpool' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Deadpool' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

"While file-sharers may have a slight preference for geeky films, in general there’s a high correlation between piracy and box-office sales. That is, top grossing movies tend to do well on torrent sites too."

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Coming in just behind Deadpool is the DCEU's , followed by Marvel's .

'Captain America: Civil War' [Credit: Marvel/Disney]
'Captain America: Civil War' [Credit: Marvel/Disney]

The biggest surprise on the most-torrented of 2016 list, however, is . The film was a relative box office flop, grossing just $387.6 million worldwide, but nonetheless securing the No. 7 spot on the list. , another domestic box office disappointment, managed to slide in at No. 6.

Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Most Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent in 2016:

1. Deadpool

2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

3. Captain America: Civil War

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

5. X-Men Apocalypse

6. Warcraft

7. Independence Day: Resurgence

8. Suicide Squad

9. Finding Dory

10. The Revenant

Poll

Did you torrent 'Deadpool' in 2016?

(Source: Torrent Freak)

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