Top movies on BitTorrent, iTunes, DStv BoxOffice
The top 10 pirated movies from Torrentfreak are compared to what is available through legal channels
Torrentfreak has released its list of the top 10 most downloaded movies using the BitTorrent protocol for the week ending 25 September 2013.
While World War Z retained the top spot, which is where it entered last week, 5 new entrants to the ranking pushed a number of movies down and out of the list.
Star Trek Into Darkness, The Kings of Summer, The Bling Ring, I Spit On Your Grave 2, and Iron Man 3 all dropped off the chart, but Pain & Gain hung on for its fifth week in a row.
Four out of the ten titles in the chart are available for buy and/or rent on the US iTunes store, while another four titles are on pre-order.
None of the titles are available in the South African iTunes store.
Torrentfreak Rank Movement Movie # weeks iTunes
1 - World War Z 2 US purchase only
2 New This is the End 1 US pre-order only
3 New Jobs 1 N/A
4 New The Hangover Part III 1 US pre-order only
5 Down 3 Now You See Me 4 US
6 Down 3 We’re The Millers (Webrip) 4 US pre-order only
7 New The Croods 1 US purchase only
8 Down 3 Pain and Gain 5 US
9 New The World’s End (Webrip)1 US pre-order only
10 Down 6 Kick-Ass 2 (R6) 3 N/A
Apple has its own charts of the top 100 songs, albums, TV shows, movies, and apps that it sells through its US iTunes store.
Unfortunately the same charts are not available for iTunes South Africa, though Apple does list the bestselling items in each genre.
These movies are available for purchase from R90 to R150 depending on the film and whether you’re buying the standard or high definition version.
Some films can also be rented for between R20 and R40, depending on the title and format.
The table below summarises the top 5 movies in every genre, excluding documentaries, as listed on the South African iTunes storefront.
Rank Action & Adventure Comedy Drama Horror
1 Iron Man 3 Klein Karoo Inside Man Devil
2 Fast & Furious 6 Semi-soet Zero Dark Thirty The Caller
3 Trance Pitch Perfect Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 28 Weeks Later
4 A Good Day to Die Hard Parental Guidance Life of Pi The Hills Have Eyes (Unrated)
5 Skyfall Identity Thief Django Unchained Dead Silence (2007)
DStv BoxOffice is a local competitor to the iTunes movie rental service which also offers online rentals, whether they are DStv subscribers or not.
Subscribers to DStv’s Extra and Premium bouquets receive reduced pricing and also have the option to rent a limited subset of movies using their decoders.
The BoxOffice website has a list of the most popular films on the service, which are given in no particular order:
DStv BoxOffice most popular
21 & Over
Death to Smoochy
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Iron Man 3
The Brave One
The Dukes of Hazzard
Won’t Back Down
DStv BoxOffice most popular
Price: R10 to R30, via either Non-subscriber, online or Subscriber, PVR