As is the case every year, our top 10 list has a few notable absentees in 2012. These include the top grossing The Hunger Games and Skyfall.
The latter is currently only available in a lower quality release, which explains its absence.
Whether these unauthorized downloads are a serious threat to box office revenues is unclear. Earlier this year researchers found no evidence that BitTorrent piracy hurts US box office returns. There is a link between downloads and revenues internationally, which the researchers attributed to long release windows.
However, looking at box office revenues is only half of the picture as DVD sales, rentals and on-demand movies are perhaps more likely to be impacted.
The data for this list is collected by TorrentFreak from several sources, including reports from all major BitTorrent trackers. All release formats, including cammed versions, that are downloaded between January 1st and mid-December are counted.
|rank||movie||est. downloads||worldwide grosses|
|2||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||8,500,000||$694,713,380|
|3||The Dark Knight Rises||8,230,000||$1,081,041,287|
|5||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||7,850,000||$543,848,418|
|6||21 Jump Street||7,590,000||$201,585,328|
|7||The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo||7,420,000||$232,617,430|
|9||Ice Age: Continental Drift||6,960,000||$875,093,094|
|10||The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1||6,740,000||$712,171,856|