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Top 20 Most Pirated Movies of 2014

"The Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Disney's animated smash "Frozen" were the two most-pirated movies for the year -- with each title downloaded about 30 million times by torrent users worldwide in 2014.

Alfonso Cuarón's space epic "Gravity" came in third with 29.4 million downloads by pirates, followed byWarner Bros.' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. The firm compiled the data for the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2014. That means the five most popular movies on pirate sites in 2014 were each released in late 2013.

Among the top 20 most popular titles among pirates, superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and action movies were well represented, as were Oscar-nominated films ("Wolf of Wall Street," "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle").

Interestingly, coming in at No. 20 was the original 1987 "RoboCop," starring Peter Weller, with 18.7 million torrent downloads for the year. Piracy of that film evidently was stirred by MGM's 2014 "RoboCop" reboot, which had 11.14 million downloads by torrent users for the year.

Here is the full list of top 20 pirated movies of the year ranked by number of downloads (along with studio and original theatrical release date):

1. "The Wolf of Wall Street": 30.035 million (Paramount, Dec. 25, 2013)
2. "Frozen": 29.919 million (Disney, Nov. 27, 2013)
3. "Gravity": 29.357 million (Warner Bros., Oct. 4, 2013)
4. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": 27,627 million (Warner Bros., Dec. 13, 2013)
5. "Thor: The Dark World": 25.749 million (Disney/Marvel, Nov. 8, 2013)
6. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier": 25.628 million (Disney/Marvel, April 4, 2014)
7. "The Legend of Hercules": 25.137 million (Summit, Jan. 10, 2014)
8. "X-Men: Days of Future Past": 24.380 million (20th Century Fox, May 23, 2014)
9. "12 Years a Slave": 23.653 million (Fox Searchlight, Oct. 18, 2013)
10. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire": 23.543 million (Lionsgate, Nov. 22, 2013)
11. "American Hustle": 23.143 million (Sony/Columbia, Dec. 13, 2013)
12. "300: Rise of an Empire": 23.096 million (Warner Bros., March 7, 2014)
13. "Transformers: Age of Extinction": 21.65 million (Paramount, June 27, 2014)
14. "Godzilla": 20.956 million (Warner Bros., May 16, 2014)
15. "Noah": 20.334 million (Paramount, March 28, 2014)
16. "Divergent": 20.312 million (Lionsgate, March 21, 2014)
17. "Edge of Tomorrow": 20.299 million (Warner Bros., June 6, 2014)
18. "Captain Phillips": 19.817 million (Sony/Columbia, Oct. 11, 2013)
19. "Lone Survivor": 19.130 million (Universal, Dec. 25, 2013)
20. "RoboCop" (1987): 18.739 million (Orion, July 17, 1987)

Source: Excipio