A Low-Budget High School Comedy Was The Most Pirated Movie Of 2012

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Partying high schoolers in Project X.

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Project X, a movie about three high school seniors throwing a crazy party, was illegally downloaded 8.7 million times in 2012, more than any other movie, TorrentFreak reports.TorrentFreak compiled the list of the most-downloaded movies using various sources, including public BitTorrent trackers.

Project X’s number-one rank is surprising since it was the lowest-grossing of the films that were frequently downloaded, bringing in $100,931,865, according to TorrentFreak.

The 10th most-downloaded, on the other hand, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1, made $712,171, 856 at the box office.

So, why did Project X get the dubious distinction of being the most downloaded?

Yahoo UK Movie News pointed out the film was R-rated, so younger fans might have illegally downloaded it because they weren’t old enough to watch it in theatres.

Head on over to TorrentFreak for the full list of most pirated movies of 2012 >

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