By AP - James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic became the highest-grossing film of all time in 2010. It was also the most pirated movie of the year. Avatar was illegally downloaded from BitTorrent websites 16,580,000 times in 2010, according to the blog TorrentFreak.
That figure represents a 33 per cent increase in downloads from last year's most pirated film, Star Trek, which had just under 11 million downloads, The Hollywood Reporter said.
The superhero satire Kick Ass came in at No.2 on the most-pirated list with 11,400,000 downloads, despite making just $48 million at the box office compared to Avatar's $2.8 billion. The top five was rounded out by Inception, Shutter Island and Iron Man 2.