Despite 2015 having highest-grossing summer box office ever, summer blockbuster movie piracy still proliferated 30% more than last year.
That translated into very high piracy numbers, with ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ taking top spot at 22.90 million shares on torrent networks. Jurassic World was the second-most pirated film with 18.6 million shares. This was followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron on 15.87 million, Insurgent (14.46 million), and Terminator: Genisys (13.94 million).
Three of summer 2015’s five most-pirated films — Jurassic World ($1.65 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion), and Terminator: Genesys ($435.9 million) — were top ten best sellers globally according to Box Office Mojo. Mad Max: Fury Road ($374.2 million), and Insurgent ($295.2 million) are positioned at numbers 14 and 17, respectively.
Just last month, Paramount, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal and Disney sued nearly 30 movie streaming and download sites under the MovieTube umbrella copyright infringement. The service has since shut down the site which linked to many pirated films, including Age of Ultron a full week before the film’s U.S. release.
Piracy-tracking firm Excipio calculated that pirated movies were downloaded 85.34 million times between June 21 and September 9, a 29% increase over the 66 million copies pirated last summer. Variety notes that this year’s increase may be simply due to Hollywood releasing more popular summer blockbusters.
The Motion Picture Association of America will continue to take steps to counter piracy, including giving consumers access to as much legal content as possible.
“One of the best ways to combat piracy is to make more legal content available to consumers online, which the industry is aggressively doing,” said MPAA VP of Strategic Communications Howard Gantman to Forbes.
They may help diminish demand for pirated content though it may not totally eradicate it.