Over the past year, BestVPN.com has been putting out lists of the most pirated films of each month, based on statistics from Torrentfreak.com. As we hurtle towards the end of 2017, we’ve decided to finish off the series with a bang by gathering the top 10 of the whole year.
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Although we here at BestVPN.com don’t condone illegal file sharing, it’s always interesting to see what’s popular. So, if you’re curious to know as well, continue reading to find out which are the 10 most pirated movies of 2017.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Having successfully brought his idiosyncratic brand of grimy London gangster films to the world of grimy London detective films with the Sherlock Homes reboots, Guy Ritchie was hoping to do the same with ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’. Although the English capital does feature heavily, this wasn’t enough to get bums on cinema seats and the film lost a bucket load of cash at the box office.
Critics essentially set up a quarantine zone around the film and told audiences to flee for their lives. Despite featuring some top rate talent in the form of Jude Law and Eric Banna, ‘King Arthur’ received a pitiful 29% average from critics on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.
That didn’t put off the pirates, though. The film narrowly beat the hugely successful ‘War for The Planet of The Apes’, to become the tenth most pirated film of 2017.
Ghost in the Shell
Taking on the adaptation of a franchise as canonical as Ghost in the Shell is no easy feat. The legacy of the original manga comic was something the series’ die-hard fans were keen to see preserved, and the casting of Scarlet Johansson as the Asian cyborg ‘Major’ ruffled their feathers, to say the least.
Critics, on the other hand, praised Johansson’s compelling performance and the film’s top rate visual effects, pinning the film’s failings on a story that failed to capture the allure of Masamune Shirow’s original comics.
Despite its problems, Ghost in the Shell proved to be a huge hit with the torrenting community, spending 10 weeks in the Most Pirated charts.
Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star in this low-key science fiction adaption by ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director, Dennis Villeneuve. After aliens land at 12 points around the globe, humanity scrambles to learn to communicate with the beings in order to discover their motives.
Tasked with decoding the alien language are linguist Louise Banks (Adams) and physicist Ian Donnelly (Renner). As Banks gains a deeper understanding of the language, she begins to have strange visions of her unborn child.
Arrival is a captivating slow-burner, which both blew away critics and smashed it at the box office. Adams’s genuinely emotional interaction with the thoroughly alien beings gives a sophisticated slant to an all-too-often lightweight genre.
Torrenting aficionados were equally impressed, leaving Arrival in the Most Pirated chart for 10 weeks in a row.
The Fate of the Furious
There are few franchises that have managed to retain their popularity as well as the Fast and the Furious. Now on its eighth installment, the appeal has not diminished one iota since the first releasse in 2001, with the Fate of the Furious collecting an unbelievable $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the second highest grossing film of 2017.
Dom Toretto and his old crew return for their latest heist, and if you thought the cast couldn’t get any more A-list, Charlize Theron has joined the team, and even Helen Mirren makes a cameo!
The Boss Baby
The only comedy to make the list in 2017 is Boss Baby. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Animated Picture, Boss Baby follows newborn Theodore Templeton (voiced by the impossibly baritone Alec Baldwin) as he leads a gang of infants in a war against the puppies. The stakes? The affection of parents everywhere.
Boss Baby boasts an impressive cast, with Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, and Toby Maguire all voicing characters. Don’t be fooled by the premise; there is plenty of subtle adult humor on offer, as well as some more puerile gags that will draw a smile on even the most mature faces.
Although it never topped the charts, Boss baby spent over three months in the 10 most downloaded charts, placing it at a respectable sixth place in our Most Pirated of 2017.
Kong: Skull Island
After Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis smashed the 2005 remake of King Kong out of the park, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts had some fittingly big shoes to fill. Serving as the eponymous giant ape’s introduction to the Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse series, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ actually delivers a pretty solid punch.
It’s far from being the defining King Kong film but the big-name cast, headed by Tom Hiddleston and Samuel. L. Jackson, give us a two hour action-packed spectacle.
Although it only had a relatively short nine week run in the Most Pirated Chart, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ spent three weeks in the number one position, landing at number five for the year.
Universal Pictures have also been attempting to create their own monster universe reboot recently. Titled ‘the Dark Universe’, the venture at first seemed promising. Rumors of Tom Cruise’s domineering presence on set and a hugely inflated budget, however, meant that few were surprised when ‘the Mummy’, the first film in the series, was roundly whipped by critics.
Never-the-less, it earned Tom Cruise the biggest global opening weekend of his career, and was also a hit with pirates, spending three months in the Most Pirated chart.
This sober (and in places emotional) return to the world of the X-Men, finds an aged, broken and even-more-jaded-than-usual Wolverine struggling to make ends meet. With Patrick Stewart’s Professor-X seriously ill, and the rest of the X-Men disbanded, Logan must protect an 11-year-old mutant created by the shadowy organization responsible for his own backstory.
This is Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the Wolverine, but rather than go out with a crowd pleasing bang, Logan turns out be a surprisingly pensive film, punctuated, of course, with the slash’n’smash action sequences that made the Wolverine character what it is.
15 weeks in the Most Pirated chart has earned Spider-Man: Homecoming second place in the Most Pirated movies of 2017, a position that reflects the huge success of the film since its release in July.
Lead Tom Holland follows Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield as the third actor to put on the spandex pajamas in recent years. With so many iterations over the years, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ was forced to come up with fresh ground on which to distinguish itself from its predecessors. It does so in the form of an arsenal of new gadgets, courtesy of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark.
And finally, DC found some real-life superheroes this spring, as Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot arrived to redeem the studio from the hugely disappointing ‘Suicide Squad’. Although Gadot’s more recent appearance in ‘The Justice League’ wasn’t enough to save the film from being a box office flop, DC have rightly extended her contract, with the sequel to Wonder Woman scheduled to hit theaters November 2019.
Narrowly pipping ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ to the post, Wonder Woman only topped the weekly Most Pirated Chart once in 2017. It did, however, make the top ten every week for a ridiculous four and a half months, making Wonder Woman the most pirated films of 2017.
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