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Deadpool most pirated film of 2016


Story by Jack Foley

SUPERHERO movie Deadpool was the most pirated movie of 2016, according to figures compiled by file-sharing news site TorrentFreak.

According to data that has been compiled from several sources, the Ryan Reynolds film suffered from a number in “the millions” of illegal downloads – with some pirated versions of the film appearing even before it was released.

Nevertheless, the downloads did not impact its box office performance overly, as the R-rated flick took over $783m at the global box office to become one of the highest grossing R-rated films of all-time and spawn its own franchise.

Two more high-performing superhero films occupied second and third spots, with the popularity of Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War also running into the millions.

The former was released in March 2016, the latter in April.

Two more comic-book adaptations – X-Men Apocalypse and Suicide Squad – also feature on the list, suggesting that superheroes remain as much the first choice of people wanting to watch films illegally as those willing to pay to go to the cinema to see them.

Another eye-opening film on the list was The Revenant, a copy of which was notoriously posted on the internet before its release by former film studio employee William Kyle Morarity. He was convicted and fined $1.12m in October.

Top 10 most pirated films in 2016

1) Deadpool
2) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
3) Captain America: Civil War
4) Star Wars The Force Awakens
5) X-Men Apocalypse
6) Warcraft
7) Independence Day: Resurgence
8) Suicide Squad
9) Finding Dory
10) The Revenant