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Hobbit most pirated movie of 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been named the most pirated movie of 2013.

It was revealed that the first instalment in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings Prequel topped the list as the second film in the series, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, continues to ride high at the global cinema box office.

While An Unexpected Journey clocked up an estimated 8.4 million downloads, it still raked in over 1 billion dollars (more than £603 million).

According to file sharing website Torrent Freak, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained was the second most pirated movie with 8.1 million downloads, followed by Fast And Furious 6 with 7.9 million.

Iron Man 3 came fourth on the list, but still grossed 1.2 billion dollars (£723 million) and Oscar-winner Silver Linings Playbook was the fifth most pirated movie of the year.

The site reported that movie piracy remains especially prevalent for films that are not yet available for download or streaming due to release delays. And previous research has found no evidence that internet piracy hurts US box office returns. W ith roughly 11 billion dollars (£6.64 billion) in revenues, 2013 was the best year the US box office has ever seen.

One of the most surprising entries on the list was Gangster Squad, which was the seventh most pirated movie with 7.2 million downloads but the lowest grossing of any of the films on the list, taking only 105 million dollars (£63 million) at the box office.

Also in the top 10 most pirated movies of 2013 were Star Trek Into Darkness, Now You See Me, The Hangover Part III and World War Z.

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