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Most Pirated Movies of October 2017

Rob McAllister

Rob McAllister

November 8, 2017

With winter on the horizon, even the saltiest pirates will be looking for ways to pass those long evenings. While here at we can’t and don’t condone illicit sharing of copyrighted material, it’s good to keep an eye on what’s popular. That’s why we’ve rounded up the ten most torrented films from October, to give you a flavour of what’s hot right now.r.

Most Pirated Movies in October

10. 6 Days

Jamie Bell stars in this re-enactment of the April 1980 siege on the Iranian embassy in London. Mention of the incident to anyone who remembers it instantly conjures up the infamous footage of SAS soldiers abseiling down the walls of the embassy and breaching a first-floor window.

Bell, the star of Billy Elliot, may seem an odd choice to play the leader of the SAS squad. However, having cut his teeth on WWII drama Defiance, he gives a strong performance.

9. Transformers: The Last Knight

Even a thorough beating from critics wasn’t enough to knock the fifth movie in the Transformers series off the most downloaded chart, which it returns to for its second month.

Director Michael Bay’s signature shock-and-awe style is present throughout the whole two and a half hours of The Last Knight, which sees the return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Jaeger.

The formula might not have changed much from the franchise’s outset, but that’s not stopped the film earning almost $600 million since its release. It turns out people just love robots and explosions.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

 Johnny Depp is back, yet again, for his fifth outing as Captain Jack Sparrow. Fans will be glad to see the return of Orlando Bloom after his absence from 2011’s On Stranger Tides, but the decision to remix one of the most iconic Hans Zimmer soundtracks to date may upset some.

Cameos from Keira Knightley and Paul McCartney didn’t convince critics, who felt the series was struggling to fill its sails. Cinema goers and aspiring pirates alike still turned out to see the film, though, which has made almost $800 million globally since its release.

7. American Made

Tom Cruise’s second film of the summer comes hot on the heels of Netflix’s smash-hit series Narcos. American Made tells the true(ish) story of Barry Seal, a pilot and Medellín Cartel drug smuggler turned DEA informant.

The film was made on a budget $50 million, an insanely small figure for a Tom Cruise film. This may have had something to do with the poor performance and hugely inflated production cost of his last film, The Mummy.

With a big question mark now hanging over the next series of Narcos, American Made does a pretty good job of filling in.

6. Baby Driver

After a slow first few months at the box office, Baby Driver has managed to make a decent return on its tiny $34 million budget. It’s clearly a favorite with the torrenting public, as it’s back for the second month in a row.

It’s easy to see why. The film is a music-lover’s gold mine. Taking its name from the iconic 1970 Simon and Garfunkel track, Edgar Wright’s crime caper is an audio-visual feast, and a must watch.

5. Cars 3

Lightning McQueen is finding himself a little old in the tooth in the third installment of the Cars franchise. Unable to compete with the newcomers to the circuit, McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) finds himself fighting to keep his place on the team.

Cars 3 has all the hallmarks of a Disney/Pixar classic. Even its more emotional parts keep the upbeat momentum going, making it a firm favorite with all ages. Cars 3 finds itself on the top ten most pirated list for the first time since its release in May.

4. Annabelle: Creation

This prequel to 2004’s Annabelle is the fourth film in the terrifying Conjuring universe. The film reveals the origins of the doll we first encounter in 2013’s The Conjuring. Husband and wife doll makers, Samuel and Esther Mullins, had already succeeded in making a downright harrowing looking children’s toy, when the ghost of their dead daughter convinces them to transfer her spirit into the doll, with predictable consequences.

Although the film is a mostly generic horror movie, there is no denying that possessed dolls will always be terrifying. Maintaining the reputation of the Conjuring series is a big task, but Annabelle: Creation pulls out all the horror set pieces to deliver a genuinely scary watch.

We’re happy to see the series getting so much continued attention and are looking forward to the next installment, The Nun, in 2018.

3. The Dark Tower

2017 has been an incredibly lucrative year for Stephen King. The Halloween blockbuster IT was joined by Netflix productions of King classic Gerald’s Game and the newer 1922.

Less successful was this year’s hotly anticipated sci-fi adventure The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. A mesh of over complicated plot-lines was blamed by both fans and critics for suffocating the performance of two of the most sought after actors around, leading to disappointing box office returns.

Despite this, The Dark Tower comes straight in at number three in the most downloaded of October list.

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming

To my knowledge this must be the most rebooted franchise in existence. So far, Peter Parker has been played by Nicholas Hammond in the late 1970s, Toby Maguire in the 2000s Sam Raimi trilogy, and Andrew Garfield for two films from 2012. Now, Tom Holland has taken over in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Spider-Man’s first outing in his current incarnation came in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Homecoming was Holland’s first lead-role as Spider-Man, and support from Robert Downey Jr and Michael Keaton helped the film become the highest grossing Marvel film of 2017.

Fans are clearly impressed and looking forward to the sequel to Homecoming (scheduled for 2019), as the film comes straight in on the most downloaded list at number two.

1. War for the Planet of the Apes

The most pirated movie of October, climbing five places since last month, is War for the Planet of the Apes. Woody Harrelson joins the cast for the cast for the third film in the latest series, as the leader of an elite squad tasked with wiping out the threat of the Apes.

The series, which features the return of motion capture king Andy Serkis (Gollum), has gone from strength to strength. While it would be nigh on impossible to top the 1968 Pierre Boulle original, the latest series of reboots has done a lot to rectify the bump in the road that was the 2001 Mark Wahlberg remake.

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