We know Fast Five‘s audience clearly loves cars, but millions couldn’t bring themselves to actually get in their vehicles and drive to see the film in theaters. Instead, they relied on their computers to see the Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson hit, as it topped the list of the 10 most pirated films of 2011 with nearly 9.3 million downloads, according to TorrentFreak. And, yes, that means Fast Five finished in front of anticipated blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (which grabbed the No. 10 slot) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 (which did not even make the list).
It’s an eclectic bunch of films that people stole this year. There are some that boast a demographic similar to Fast Five‘s: Certainly, many young, teenage males helped The Hangover II finish at No. 2, Thor at No. 3, I Am Number Four at No. 5, and Sucker Punch at No. 6. But there are a few outliers: Gore Verbinski’s animated Rango (No. 8), the James Franco-starrer 127 Hours (No. 7), and Best Picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech (No. 9). Does that mean we should have faith in the taste of future generations?
Maybe not, since pirating is wrong, kids. The only thing better than the beauty of The King’s Speech this year was seeing the beauty of The King’s Speech in theaters. (That is, as long as a baby, cell phone user, or loud popcorn eater wasn’t in the seat next to you.) But the kids might be learning this too — Fast Five had 7 million fewer downloads than 2010’s pirating victor, Avatar. What’s Na’vi for “Nicely done, law-abiding citizens!”?
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