With award season quickly approaching and film critics releasing their top 10 movies of 2011, Dark Horizon has also released the top 10 most pirated movies of the year. ‘Fast Five’ takes the lead of being the most pirated film, having being illegally downloaded 9.26 million times. However, it’s far below the most pirated movie of 2010, ‘Avatar,’ which was viewed more than 16 million times.

The overall top 10 list was down from 2010 as well, in part because of the increase in legal alternatives. However, the total number of active BitTorrent users isn’t on the decline, as the number of views is believed to be spread out over more titles released in 2011.

While other popular movies released in the past year, including ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ and ‘The Hangover Part II,’ also appeared on the most pirated list, there were surprising entries and absentees on the list. While such top earners as ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ didn’t appear on the list, several box office under-performers, including ‘127 Hours’ and ‘Sucker Punch,’ did crack the top 10.

The top 10 list includes ‘Fast Five,’ with 9.26 million downloads; ‘The Hangover Part II,’ with 8.84 million views; ‘Thor,’ with 8.33 million downloads; ‘Source Code,’ with 7.91 million views; ‘I Am Number Four,’ with 7.67 million downloads; ‘Sucker Punch,’ with 7.2 million views; ‘127 Hours,’ with 6.91 million downloads; ‘Rango,’ with 6.48 million views; ‘The King’s Speech,’ with 6.25 million downloads; and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly hallows Part 2,’ with 6.03 million views.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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