The year saw several blockbusters hit the multiplexes, but the most downloaded film of 2012 was one that slipped under the radar: Project X.
A found-footage film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and produced by Todd Phillips, Project X topped the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol for the title of most pirated, TorrentFreak reports. According to the website, Project X was downloaded 8.72 million times and made the least money among the top 10 movies on the list with its $101 million global take.
Following close behind at No. 2 is Tom Cruise's fourth Mission Impossible film, with 8.5 million downloads. The Dark Knight Rises (8.23 million), the year's top-grossing film The Avengers (8.11 million) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (7.85 million) round out the top five.
Interestingly, as the report notes, popular films like The Hunger Games and the newest James Bond pic Skyfall did not crack the top 10.
TorrentFreak noted that it is "unclear" illegal downloads of films seriously hurt box office revenues, noting that researchers found "no evidence" linking piracy to smaller U.S. box office grosses. However, there is a link between piracy and international revenues.
Over on the TV side, HBO's Game of Thrones epic topped the list of most pirated television shows of the year, with nearly 4.3 million illegal downloads.
The top 10 most downloaded films are:
1. Project X
2. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. The Avengers
5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
6. 21 Jump Street
7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
8. The Dictator
9. Ice Age: Continental Drift
10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1