A file-sharing blog released data indicating that the most pirated film in 2010 was James Cameron’s blockbuster.
Sci-fi epic Avatar was downloaded 16.6m times on one file-sharing site alone, TorrentFreak said.
With 11,4m downloads, comic book action film Kick-Ass came second on the list, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception with 9.7m.
In 2009, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot was downloaded close to 11m times, making it the most pirated film that year.
Even though Cameron frequently presented 3D movies as the industry’s best hope for combating piracy, it did not stop millions from downloading Avatar for free.
But the sci-fi epic also took nearly $2.8bn at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing movie ever.
After winning six Oscars in 2010, the film The Hurt Locker’s popularity increased online. And though the movie had already been available on file-sharing sites for most of 2009, it features in this year’s top 10 list at number nine.
Several movies are not in the top 10, including two of the best grossing movies at the box office this year : Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland.
Hugely popular among the downloading public, Kick-Ass and Green Zone, Matt Damon war film, both got relatively modest box office figures.
To get those data, figures were collected from several sources, including reports from thousands of BitTorrent trackers, and all release formats were counted, said TorrentFreak.