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Top 10 pirated movies of 2015 see alarming increase in downloads

LOS ANGELES — The movies that were the most pirated in 2015 may not come as much surprise-but how much they got pirated is sure to shock.

Top 10 pirated movies of 2015 see alarming increase in downloads

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Photo: Variety.com

LOS ANGELES — The movies that were the most pirated in 2015 may not come as much surprise-but how much they got pirated is sure to shock.

Some of the biggest blockbusters at the box office this year proved just as popular among torrent users: Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World were the top three worldwide, according to piracy tracking firm Excipio, which monitored activity from the beginning of the year through Dec 25.

When movies from 2014 are included in the tally, Interstellar was the most downloaded film of 2015, owing to the fact popular movies from the previous year spend more cumulative time in circulation among pirates. The same was true last year when the 2013 movie Wolf of Wall Street led the pack in 2014.

But Wolf drew just over 30 million downloads-55 per cent less than the nearly 47 million that Interstellar commanded. If the four 2014 titles that made the 2015 list are factored in, Wolf would not have even made the top 10 list this year, as No. 10 movie, The Secret Service, grabbed 31 million downloads.

Excipio didn’t change how it monitored piracy this year, and the tracking period is roughly the same. While the surging numbers clearly indicates piracy continues unabated worldwide, the growth of overseas markets like Brazil are key to fuelling totals as well.

Furious 7 atop the list isn’t a surprise given it has been a magnet for piracy since its April release. VARIETY.COM/REUTERS

1. 46,762,310 Interstellar (2014)

2. 44,794,877 Furious 7 (2015)

3. 41,594,159 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

4. 36,881,763 Jurassic World (2015)

5. 36,443,244 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

6. 33,953,737 American Sniper (2014)

7. 32,126,827 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

8. 31,574,872 The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armys (2014)

9. 31,001,480 Terminator: Genisys (2015)

10. 30,922,987 The Secret Service (2014)

11. 26,792,863 Focus (2015)

12. 25,883,469 San Andreas (2015)

13. 23,495,140 The Minions (2015)

14. 22,734,070 Inside Out (2015)

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