The thought of having to pay for music, movies, books, or software is quite ridiculous because everything is now basically available for free with the click of a button and some patience for downloading time. Many people are completely unaware that downloading is highly illegal in most countries around the world and that multi-million dollar lawsuits have arisen from these acts of piracy. Those who are aware…probably do not care. What is the big deal though… The top 5 pirated movies from 2013 as listed by Torrentfreak are as follows:
5) Silver Linings Playbook (7.5 million)
4) Iron Man 3 (7.6 million)
3) Fast and Furious 6 (7.9 million)
2) Django: Unchained (8.1 million)
1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (8.4 million)
Clearly, those are a lot of downloads and possibly quite a bit of money being taken away from box office revenue. Torrentfreak also included the total world-wide grosses for each movie:
Silver Linings Playbook – $236 million
Iron Man 3 – $1.21 billion
Fast and Furious 6 – $789 million
Django: Unchained – $425 million
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $1.01 billion
This pretty much proves that piracy did not take a whole lot away from the millions and sometimes billions that movies make. How much would you bet that most people who pirated these movies probably saw them in the theatre first anyways on cheap night just for the experience and then downloaded it for free? My guess is the majority. However, there are those that are way too cheap to go to the theatre, but crave a new addition for their movie collection.
Still, the fact that movies can still gross in the billions of dollars despite all those cheap teenagers just proves that there are just as many people who still appreciate what Hollywood does for us, lame entertainment. In my opinion though, going out to the movie theatre with a group of friends trumps watching a sub-par pirated movie any day of the week because it usually takes months before a decent version of any A-List film appears on the internet. Also, there’s no popcorn like movie theatre popcorn.