'Crank,' 'Paul Blart' can't top 'Fast & Furious' on most-pirated movie list

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'Crank,' 'Paul Blart' can't top 'Fast & Furious' on most-pirated movie list

Mon Apr 27, 2009 @ 03:24PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Fastfurious Debate over how much piracy impacts box office performance continues to flourish. But can a film still be successful while being stolen in mass numbers online? Judging by the record of "Fast & Furious," the answer seems to be yes.

The film has tallied more than $145 million domestically, making it the second most successful film to be released so far this year. Including international grosses, that number jumps to $289 million. Concurrently, the film has been hugely trafficked in underground torrent circles: This past week represents the third consecutive week that "Fast & Furious" has been one of the top two films pirated worldwide. 

Here's a list of the ten most-pirated films on BitTorrent for the week ending April 26, according to TorrentFreak. "Fast & Furious" takes the top slot. In the #3 spot is "Crank: High Voltage," which was released on April 17 and has spent two weeks as a Top 10 theatrical grosser. 

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