According to the ranking of TorrentFreak, Fast Five partook in easily the most action on BitTorrent with roughly 9.26 million downloads. The list includes hits like The Hangover Part II, but also, interestingly enough, movies that didn't exactly light the box office on fire, like I Am Number Four and Sucker Punch. The year's biggest domestic release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, barely made the list, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides are nowhere to be found.
- Fast Five - 9.26 million
- The Hangover Part II - 8.84 million
- Thor - 8.33 million
- Source Code - 7.91 million
- I Am Number Four - 7.67 million
- Sucker Punch - 7.2 million
- 127 Hours - 6.91 million
- Rango - 6.48 million
- The King's Speech - 6.25 million
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 6.03 million
In 2010, James Cameron's Avatar was torrented a whopping 16 million times, and the disparity between that figure and Fast Five's number reflects a downward trend in numbers for the most torrented movies in 2011. On average, all were lower than their predecessors, which would indicate a cause for celebration from studios, but this apparent trend could simply be due to increasingly-prevalent but still illegal alternatives to torrenting. Or it could simply be that torrents were more spread out over a greater number of titles.