With the advent of Netflix and Amazon Prime, it seemed like torrenting movies may soon be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, with limited libraries and a focus on original content, these services lack newly-released films and blockbusters that the fans want to experience one more time.
Millions of Internet users around the world flock to their favourite torrent sites with the likes of Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrent as some of the world’s top visited sites.
According to Torrent Freak, topping the list of most torrented movies in 2016 was the R-rated superhero hit Deadpool, which wowed audiences in cinemas and at home.
In fact, a large chunk of the top 10 are made up of comic book movies including Batman v. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad and X-Men Apocalypse.
While film studios may cry foul over the degree of piracy, there was a high correlation between box office sales and the number of illegal downloads.
An exception to this was Independence Day: Resurgence which flopped at the box office but came in seventh in the top 10 list.
Additionally, Disney’s hit Zootopia, which was the third-highest grossing film of the year, failed to make the list.
Here’s the top 10 most torrented movies in 2016, according to Torrent Freak.
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