Statshot: Dark Knight Rules (BitTorrent)


According to TorrentFreak, The Dark Knight was the most pirated movie of 2008. Ummm, hooray? Somehow I doubt Warner Bros. will include that stat on the DVD packaging. The movie’s been on and off the list of top BitTorrented films throughout the summer as people took video camera footage of the film in theaters or ripped it from screeners.

TorrentFreak’s Top Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent As of Nov. 16, 2008
Rank Last Week Title
1 (new) The Dark Knight
2 1 Traitor
3 4 Tropic Thunder
4 2 WALL-E
5 3 Step Brothers
6 (new) Max Payne
7 9 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
8 6 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
9 5 Taken
10 8 Burn After Reading

Over at TV by the Numbers‘ breakdown of the most DVRed broadcast TV shows, McDreamy and crew still dominate the list with 4.089 million viewers via DVRs for the week of Oct. 17-Nov. 2. As TVbtN points out, Obama’s infomercial ran during this week but does not appear on this list because of missing data.


It looks like High School Musical clips helped propel John4210 to the top spot on Video Breakouts’ Cool 100 list, followed closely by Chinese TV programming from New Tang Dynasty TV.

Video Breakouts
Cool 100
November 17, 2008
Now Last Weeks Name Views Lifetime
1 1 John4210 57,152,736 59,596,283
2 1 NTDTV 19,927,407 19,927,407
3 4 1 17 BritneyTV 17,564,681 249,185,499
4 9 mileymandy 11,362,475 61,037,024
5 2 3 17 expertvillage 8,791,137 283,989,132
6 1 TheFrankFactor 7,631,026 7,631,026
7 9 2 17 hollywoodrecords 7,354,131 245,017,407
8 10 2 16 SHOWTIME 6,720,170 114,307,015
9 3 6 18 huluDotCom 6,644,338 130,893,947
10 11 1 15 JonasBrothersMusic 6,208,780 254,213,304
 Gain   Loss   No Change   New  

TorrentFreak data is based on http downloads of .torrent files from various BitTorrent sites. The data is collected by TorrentFreak and is for informational and educational reference only. Currently both DVDrips, DVD Screeners and R5 rips are counted. The “back” designation means that the title was in the list before and has reappeared, possibly in a new format.

The Video Breakouts Cool 100 offers a weekly snapshot of the most-viewed Internet video authors and producers. Click any author in the list to see their Author Summary Report. All Video Breakouts lists and statistics are gathered through selective discovery and tracking. Where available, Video Breakouts uses video site Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to retrieve statistics. For sites that do not publish APIs, the company analyzes their HTML web pages to discover assets and track statistics.


James Gilks

This is James Gilks (owner of personally I would love it if they took the idea of the Riddler to a very dark extreme. His character is very close to real life serial killers like David Berkowitz (the son of sam) and the Zodiac Killer. Many serial killers (including Jack The Ripper and The Red Spider) have sent letters to the police and the Zodiac killer sent cryptograms (which where in essence a type of riddle). I think that if Hollywood is willing to take these films to the gritty dark side of real life, they should focus more on this angel and abandon the tacky jump suit wearing, cartoon aspect that Jim Carey brought to the screen. I would love to see a down right evil and twisted serial killer side to the Riddler.

I also believe that they are setting up The Mad Hatter for a future movie. If you watch carefully, Batman says that the man Dent is interrogating in The Dark Knight (the creepy smiling guy from the ambulance) is named “Jervis Tetch”. This is The Mad Hatter.

Lastly, I would love to see all these films come together in to a plot that involves Arkham Asylum. There have been many amazing graphic novels that focus on this (especially “A Serious Place on Serious Earth”). This would be a perfect opportunity for the writers to place Batman against not only a huge cast of badies but also against his own troubled mind.)

Well, thats just the opinion of someone who runs a company devoted to selling serial killer merchandise so you can take it or leave it. I hope you can all stop by to pick up some morbid merch (including the new Serial Killer Magazine, Serial Killer Trading Cards and Serial Killer Action Figures. I know, its a shameless display of self promotion but really, I have to justify reading up on Batman Movies while I am supposed to be working somehow.

James Gilks
Owner of and Editor of Serial Killer Magazine.

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