So it turns out that an outfit called “Torrent Freak” keeps track of illegal downloads and provides a week report, not unlike the reports the Box Office Mojo provides on legit box office. Here’s an article that confirms what we suspected, based on the flood of new members to the John Carter Back to Barsoom Facebook Sequel group; the download for John Carter has hit the web and it’s doing …er …. great. We obviously are more interested in seeing legitimate downloads and purchases of the DVD and Blu-ray, but this is newsworthy so we’re reporting it.
Celebrity Cafe: The most pirated Movie is “John Carter”
a box office flop finds new life
While it is not exactly unusual for a box office failure to find an audience after its run in theaters (such as 1982’s Blade Runner), Disney’s box office bust John Carter was named the most pirated movie online last week.
The news was announced by TorrentFreak.com. For the past two weeks, John Carter has beaten out films such as 21 Jump Street and even the mega hit The Avengers in terms of the number of times it has been illegally downloaded. The Avengers is currently in third place on the most-pirated list, while Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is in second place.
Disney, which produced both John Carter and The Avengers, announced that The Avengers would be available to rent or purchase in stores on Sept. 25.
John Carter, which had a budget of $250 million, has been called Disney’s biggest flop, costing the studio over $200 million. Its box office failure in April led to the resignation of studio chief Rich Ross.
Ross had been chief for less than three years and had great success in Disney’s television division by spearheading successful series as Hannah Montana and High School Musical.