Here is a breakdown of the top 10:
10. Kingsman: The Secret Service = 30.9 million
This movie kind of came out of nowhere. While I had it on my radar, as I'm a big fan of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, it wasn't exactly receiving the same buzz as some of the other films on this list. However, word of mouth about how good it is spread around and it ended up being a surprise hit.
I have a feeling this has so many downloads because people were still hesitant to spend the money to see it, but were curious to check it out. Hopefully, they found a way to toss some cash the film's way to help support it, whether it be going to see it afterward (or beforehand, with their download being a second viewing) or through home video sales.
9. Terminator: Genisys = 31 million
If people were skeptical about the quality of Kingsman, they really needed to be when it came to Terminator: Genisys. This is the total opposite spectrum where I actually am pleased that this is on the list because I hope it contributed to the loss of money for the project. The only way to tell people that you want better movies is to vote with your wallets. If you stop seeing trash like this and the Transformers movies, they'll stop making them or they'll try harder.
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies = 31.6 million
Every Lord of the Rings movie ends up being on this list, so this is no surprise. The biggest surprise is just how fast they kill the dragon, which was the selling point of the whole movie. Uh oh, retroactive spoiler alert. I just saved you many, many hours. Don't watch this film unless you loved the first two Hobbit movies.
7. Fifty Shades of Grey = 32.1 million
I don't want to know what the people downloading this were doing when they were watching this movie at home.
6. American Sniper = 34 million
Oscar buzz definitely had to have played a big factor into why this is so high up on the list. I have to imagine a portion of the audience didn't catch wind of this until after it had been playing for a while and either couldn't get someone to go with them to see it in theaters or didn't want to risk taking a chance on it potentially sucking and wasting $10. Having not seen it, I don't know whether that's the case, but I do know that I wasn't interested enough to put out my money for it.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road = 36.4 million
Here's a film that exploded in a way I definitely didn't see coming. The reception for this movie has been bonkers and I know quite a few people who loved it, but I also just had it too low on my priority list to make sure I saw it in theaters. Because of that, I've been tempted to watch it through other means, but I still haven't had a chance. Like with Kingsman, I think most of this can be attributed to word of mouth.
4. Jurassic World = 36.9 million
This is one of the top 3 highest grossing films of all time. Of course it's on this list.
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron = 41.6 million
No surprises here. Everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so popular that if only a fraction of the people that went to see the movie downloaded it once afterward, it would be this high. Noticeably absent from this list is Ant-Man, but that made significantly less money at the box office than this, because this is one of the big guns of the MCU and Ant-Man is, well, Ant-Man.
2. Furious 7 = 44.8 million
Paul Walker's death boosted this movie into a level that I don't think it would have achieved otherwise, even though this franchise has seen a huge resurgence after the previous few films. What was once a laughable, ridiculous film series has turned into a laughable, ridiculous, hugely profitable film series that has a ton of fans. The target audience for this is also something that lends itself to a lot of bootleg copies and such. After all, look at what else is on this list. You don't see romantic comedies, do you? Furious 7 isn't a spectacle that you need to see on opening night with a packed house to be able to enjoy it if this is your type of movie, so downloading it and watching it for free is probably an option a ton of people preferred over spending their hard earned money to see some mindless action.
1. Interstellar = 46.8 million
I never would have expected this to be at the top of the list, but rather around the #20 spot or so, which makes this the biggest surprise as far as I'm concerned. Christopher Nolan has become a household name as a director, with a lot of people being interested in his movies just because his name is attached. Interstellar wasn't the hit that most people were expecting it to be and I think the bad word of mouth hindered it a lot. I know when I got done seeing it, I was telling people that they could wait until it's on Netflix or Redbox, and if that kind of mentality was spread around a lot, that could result in the 46.8 million downloads where those people said they'd rather just pirate it and cut out the middle man.