The year 2016 is dead and gone, and despite taking away many of our most beloved stars and causing all sorts of political unrest within the United States, United Kingdom and the rest of the world, it couldn’t keep our favorite self-aware, Bea Arthur-loving, Spiderman-looking-but-not-actually-Spiderman icon down.
That’s right, folks, Deadpool was the most pirated film of 2016. In other words, mankind has finally forgiven Ryan Reynolds for his other superhero film, Green Lantern.
The pirating figures were confirmed by file-sharing news site TorrentFreak, who even accounted for the obvious margin of error that comes with tracking illegal downloads. TF explained that they used other sources, which have included public BitTorrent trackers. While Deadpool obviously has charms of his own merit, sources indicate that superhero movies are just really trending right now, as Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War take up the next two spots on the list. The list also included such films as X-Men Apocalypse and Suicide Squad.
Top 10 most pirated films in 2016
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Star Wars The Force Awakens
5. X-Men Apocalypse
7. Independence Day: Resurgence
8. Suicide Squad
9. Finding Dory
10. The Revenant
We’re just going to assume that BvS was so high on the list because people needed to know if it really was that bad. The Warcraft movie might have been high on that list because of its massive success in Asia and we have no idea why Independence Day might’ve made the list.
While Hollywood already makes more than enough money to support a first-world country with even Deadpool still earning millions at the box-office, digital piracy is still illegal by definition, and this article should in no way be seen as an advocate of such.
And, yes, I do see the irony in that this is coming from a website called Viral Pirate… if you’re gonna do it, just don’t say we told you to do it…