The most pirated movies of 2011 are depressingly terrible

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TorrentFreak, a site devoted to tracking the use of file-sharing technology BitTorrent, has revealed the most pirated movies of the year… and most of them are really, really bad. Just crap. Now, I wouldn't expect millions of people to be downloading Take Shelter or Martha Marcy May Marlene — because I tried and let me tell you those are nowhere to be found — but I think that we, as a world, can do better than letting Fast Five take the number one spot. The fifth movie in the Fast and Furious series, which is now about AARP members who dare to drive five, sometimes ten miles over the speed limit, was downloaded 9.3 million times. It's followed by The Hangover Part II (ugh) with 8.8 million and Thor, which I actually enjoyed, with 8.3.

Also depressing was the fact that Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 didn't make it onto the list. Not because I think anyone should watch those films, of course, but because the films had the second and third highest box office grosses of the year. Which means that more people wanted to pay at least ten bucks to see them in theaters as opposed to waiting three months and getting those shambolic CGI piles for free.

There are some tiny bright spots, though. Both The Kings Speech, the final Harry Potter film, and 127 Hours managed to make it into the top ten. Yay for taste, boo for not ponying up the cash. (It's not like those films were exactly hard to find in multiplexes, after all. I'm talking to you again, Take Shelter.) So I guess there are no winners here.

Here is the full list of films:

1. Fast Five (Universal): 9.3 million

2. The Hangover Part II (Warner Bros. / Legendary): 8.8 million

3. Thor (Marvel/Paramount): 8.3 million

4. Source Code (Summit / Vendome): 7.9 million

5. I Am Number Four (DreamWorks / Disney): 7.7 million

6. Sucker Punch (Warner Bros. / Legendary): 7.2 million

7. 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight): 6.9 million

8. Rango (Paramount): 6.5 million

9. The King's Speech (Weinstein Co.): 6.3 million

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros.): 6 million