This period is perfect for various reflections, and judging by 2013, which was a mixed bag for many of us, not all thoughts are positive.
It seems that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has just snagged the top price:
The Most Pirated Film of the Year Award!
It seems that there were about 8.4 million illegal downloads in 2013.
See, I knew I should have resisted the urge and just waited patiently for the DVD, then there’d be 8 399 999 downloads…
Is this worrying? Sure.
But judging by my own pirate behaviour, many of those went on to pump a lot of their money into the Tolkien/Jackson machine.
Aye, come to think of it, that stream from AgzyM to Middle Earth (and Sir PJ’s Hobbit hole) is still flowing and will likely do so well into 2015 and beyond.
A good percentage of that 8.4 million are people who probably wouldn’t have spent money seeing the film anyway, these are the people who don’t mind poor quality and sound as long as there’s something happening on-screen.
It’s also not like the movie turned out to be a box-office bomb- a sunken chest with no booty.
We seem to compulsively compare Desolation of Smaug with AUJ, let’s see how it fairs up this this particular category throughout 2014…