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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey is 2015’s most pirated movie. The list also includes more conventional movies like Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World.

hollywood Updated: Dec 29, 2015 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent
These were some of the most pirated movies of 2015.
These were some of the most pirated movies of 2015.

The list of the most pirated films of 2015 has been released by Variety and it sure is a surprising one, mostly because of the dramatic increase in the sheer numbers of illegal downloads since last year.

The dubious honour of being the star of this list goes to Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar, which, incidentally isn’t even a 2015 movie. The Matthew McConaughey-starrer was downloaded a whopping 46.7 million times, reported tracking firm Excipio.

Interstellar was released to polarising reviews last November, and leads the pack here because it has spent the most time online than any other film this year. The same was the case when The Wolf of Wall Street was number one in 2014, albeit with a much smaller number than Interstellar’s: 30 million.

Murphy’s law came true for Interstellar.

The rest of the list is more conventional aside from a couple of outsiders like Will Smith’s heist movie Focus, which comes in at number 11 with 26 million downloads.

Box office champ Furious 7 comes in at number 2 with almost 45 million downloads, Avengers: Age of Ultron at number 3 with 41 million and Jurassic World at number 4 with almost 37 million.

Furious 7 has been a favourite of online pirates.

The power of online fandom can clearly be seen when a film like Interstellar beats out movies that have earned almost thrice as much at the worldwide box office. Another similar example is Matthew Vaughn’s spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, which really has no business taking the number 10 spot with 31 million downloads. And Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that was by all accounts a disappointment at the box office – it topped off at $375 million worldwide – but was downloaded 36 million times. If the average movie ticket in the US is $10 then Mad Max could’ve doubled its gross had it not been so attractive to online pirates.

What a lovely day for Mad Max. Or not.

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But is piracy really such a bad deal for studios? Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said in 2013, “I think you’re right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world. That’s better than an Emmy.” Just a few weeks ago, we witnessed the now routine leak of awards season screeners, an event so mechanical that it’s surprising that more hasn’t been done to prevent it.

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The amount of publicity these films, especially the likes of Mad Max and Kingsman, get from being shared online will probably score both films much anticipated sequels.

Look for Furious 7 to overtake Interstellar very soon and Star Wars to lead this very list next year after its done decimating every box office record to ever exist.

Here is the complete list of the most pirated movies of 2015:

#1) 46,762,310 Interstellar (2014)

#2) 44,794,877 Furious 7 (2015)

#3) 41,594,159 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

#4) 36,881,763 Jurassic World (2015)

#5) 36,443,244 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

#6) 33,953,737 American Sniper (2014)

#7) 32,126,827 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

#8) 31,574,872 The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armys (2014)

#9) 31,001,480 Terminator: Genisys (2015)

#10) 30,922,987 The Secret Service (2014)

#11) 26,792,863 Focus (2015)

#12) 25,883,469 San Andreas (2015)

#13) 23,495,140 The Minions (2015)

#14) 22,734,070 Inside Out (2015)

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