Together, #RyanReynolds and his breakout superhero success story #Deadpool 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:
"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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The biggest surprise on the most-torrented of 2016 list, however, is #IndependenceDayResurgence. The film was a relative box office flop, grossing just $387.6 million worldwide, but nonetheless securing the No. 7 spot on the list. #Warcraft, 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:
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
5. X-Men Apocalypse
7. Independence Day: Resurgence
8. Suicide Squad
9. Finding Dory
10. The Revenant
Did you torrent 'Deadpool' in 2016?
(Source: Torrent Freak)