A top ten list of the most pirated films in Hollywood history has been complied by TorrentFreak, and it comes as no surprise to see that Avatar sits at number one, having been downloaded an incredible 21 million times since it was released in 2009 (wasn’t one of Jim Cameron’s many arguments for 3D the fact that it posed a unique cinema-going experience?) It looks like there’s still an awful lot of folk out there who prefer to see these big tentpole releases on a smaller, inferior screen if it means they avoid paying for the privilege.

Second on the list is The Dark Knight, another obvious choice, but looking further down at number eight, and The Departed (with 14 million downloads) isn’t a film you’d necessarily think would sit anywhere close to the top ten.

With the ability to obtain new cinema releases becoming increasingly easier as technology progresses, it would be interesting see how long it takes for The Dark Knight Rises, after its theatrical release, to shoot to the top of here.

The list:

1. Avatar (21 million downloads)
2. The Dark Knight (19 million)
3. Transformers (19 million)
4. Inception (18 million)
5. The Hangover (17 million)
6. Star Trek (16 million)
7. Kick-Ass (15 million)
8. The Departed (14 million)
9. The Incredible Hulk (14 million)
10. Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End (14 million)

Via The Hollywood Reporter.