These 4 sci-fi flicks rank in the Top 10 most pirated movies of 2013

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Dec 31, 2013, 2:02 PM EST

Like it or not, piracy is a major part of the movie industry these days — and sci-fi remained a big part of the “Most Pirated” list once again this year.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey led the chart at No.1 with 8.4 million illegal downloads, with Iron Man 3 coming in at No. 4 with 7.6 million. Star Trek Into Darkness landed at No. 6 with 7.4 million, and World War Z snuck in at No. 10 with 6.7 million.

So, yeah, sci-fi accounted for almost half of the most-pirated movies of the year, according to the experts over at Torrent Freak. Outside of sci-fi, the rest of the list consisted largely of general blockbuster fare (i.e. Fast and Furious 6) and broad comedy hits (see: The Hangover Part 3).

How does this compare to last year’s numbers? Surprisingly, the Top 10 pirated list is down in total downloads from 77.1 million in 2012 to 74.7 million in 2013. But why? The answer likely rests in the fact that monster hits like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were released in 2012, and were extremely popular with the pirates (argh!).


Sure, movies like World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness put up solid box-office numbers this year, but they paled in comparison to the cultural zeitgeist of the top sci-fi flicks of 2012. Despite the slight total decline (which is probably a good thing, since pirating is illegal), though, sci-fi remained as popular as ever — with the genre maintaing its hold on four of the Top 10 spots for the second year in a row.

What were your favorite flicks of 2013, and what’s your take on pirating them? 

(Via Torrent Freak)