“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”: Most Pirated Movie of 2013

Posted Thursday January 2, 2014 4:33 PM GMT

Peter Jackson spent $315 million to make “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” so it’s all the more disturbing that over 8.4 million people illegally downloaded it last year.

The JRR Tolkien tale was the most pirated flick of 2013 per a report from TorrentFreak, putting it ahead of “Django Unchained” (8.1 million) and “Fast and Furious 6” (7.9 million).

Thankfully, Jackson and his distributor Warner Bros still made over $1 billion since the movie’s release in December 2012.

Back in 2005, Peter spoke strongly against illegally accessing movies-"Piracy has the very real potential of tipping movies into becoming an unprofitable industry, especially big-event films. If that happens, they will stop being made. No studio is going to finance a film if the point is reached where their possible profit margin goes straight into criminals' pockets."