TorrentFreak's most pirated movies list is an excellent gauge of popular movies as well as the Hollywood zeitgeist.
What's wrong with you people? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still not on the most pirated list? Shocking. Especially when the pickings seem so slim; the only true newbie on the list this week is the little-seen comedy Fist Fight. Rejoining the list after a few weeks away: The Great Wall, which helps push The Boss Baby and Fifty Shades Darker off the list. Don't let the cinema door hit you on the way out. Check out the full list below.
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And you thought the remake of Logan's Run would never get off the ground. But here it is, the future, and Logan (Hugh Jackman)—aka The Wolverine—is on the run. With his dad/buddy, a curse-word spouting Professor X at his side (played with heartbreaking perfection by Sir Patrick Stewart), along with a little girl with mutant powers that hits a little too close to home for Logan, the berserker killer with a heart of gold. This is, hands down, the best Wolverine movie and maybe the best-ever X-men franchise flick (though props to Deadpool for making the R-rating viable for this film; it needed it). Read Geek.com's review.
Ghost in the Shell
The casting of Scarlett Johansson was an obvious misstep, but the film has its issues, too, according to reviews, leading to lackluster box office returns. Still, people are curious, so Ghost in the Shell lands on the 10 most pirated list. Read Geek.com's review.
It's a classic trope: the after-school fight in the parking lot! But what happens when the trope is turned on its head and it’s the teachers who are headed toward fisticuffs? Naturally, hilarity ensues (in real life, expect jailtime and lawsuits).
Kong: Skull Island
King Kong gets a new origin story in Kong: Skull Island. In this one, he's discovered on an uncharted Pacific island by a Vietnam War helicopter squadron and a team of scientists. It's an uneasy encounter for both sides. Part of the film's appeal might lie with its all-star cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson. Read Geek.com's review.
The Great Wall
This film has great armor, but that's really the only nice thing I've read about it, besides the fact that the whitewashing claims are a bit overblown. This flick's biggest crime is probably that it prevented Matt Damon from doing other roles that would be more interesting. But worldwide it made a profit, so maybe Damon will have to be back for Great Wall 2: Greater Walling.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The third xXx film is here, but it's only the second one to star Vin "I am Groot" Diesel. They finally got him back into the franchise that would have made him famous, except he was already famous for playing Riddick in Pitch Black and Dominic in The Fast and the Furious. Maybe he probably should have stayed away, but the return of Xander Cage turns out to be the biggest grossing film ever ($346 million worldwide) for Revolution Studios and the xXx series. Check out Geek.com's review.
For a while it looked like M. Night Shyamalan, one-time king of the twist ending, forgot that he's also a pretty masterful director of horror. But with The Visit and now Split, Night is back on top, doing low-budget scares and getting big budget returns. He knows how to set a mood, and the one in this tale of a guy with a dissociative personality disorder—with each personality changing his body—kidnapping some girls works despite that somewhat hokey premise (which is still better than the trees attacking everyone ). Check out Geek.com's full review.
The Fate of the Furious
The family finally seems settled, but then a woman named Cipher has Dom betraying them all. The rest of the clan tries to win him and the day back. Read Geek.com's review.
When you think of Jordan Peele, of Key & Peele, you probably think comedy. But Peele has now traded laughs for screams in Get Out, a clever and terrifying examination of race in America. It's a surprise hit that's put him on the map as a director. Peele says he won't be going back to the well for laughs anytime soon, which means no sequel to Keanu. Read Geek.com's review.
Chris Evans stepped out of the shadow of Captain America to play an equally beefed-up dude just trying to make his genius niece happy in a normal school. But a custody battle ensues with his own mom who wants her to go to a school for the, yes, you guessed it, gifted. Sounds like a job for Captain America.