Torrentfreak released their annual rundown of the most pirated movies of 2010, and Avatar is right there on the top of the list with over 16 million downloads. Kick Ass, Inception, Shutter Island, and Iron Man 2 round out the top five. Avatar has dethroned the previous record holder, which was Star Trek at 10 million downloads.
The funny thing about this is that Avatar made more than $2 billion in the box office. Yet the people downloading the movie are frowned upon and blamed for falling grosses in the theaters. If so many people downloaded Avatar, you’d think it wouldn’t have made as much money as it did. Sure, the MPAA will still sue thousands of torrent downloaders for more money than a normal person will make in a lifetime, but this list shows that it’s really doubtful that illegal downloads affects the box office as much as some people like to think.