It's clear movie fans aren't nervous about Schmidt and Jenko busting them for downloading movie torrents because “22 Jump Street,” for the second week in a row, is the most pirated movie online. The comedy, though, widely available on sites like KickAss Torrents and the Pirate Bay, is already at risk of losing its dubious honor to free, illegal downloads of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Leaked copies of the Marvel movie made their way online more than a month before DVDs will hit shelves.
Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, "22 Jump Street" became one of the top 10 most illegally download movies at the end of September, slowly rising up the list past other then-unreleased titles like “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Transformers” to take the top spot on Oct. 13. Tens of thousands of downloads later, “22 Jump Street” remains on top this week with over 34,000 shares, according to numbers compiled by the piracy news site TorrentFreak. Still, despite being available in DVD and Blu-Ray quality, it's hard to imagine that the buddy cop film, which earned $328 million at the international box office, won't be surpassed soon by “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Marvel's comedy/science-fiction romp starring Chris Pratt grossed more than double that total ($733 million worldwide) and is one of the most popular searches on KickAss Torrents, according to figures available on the site. But unlike “22 Jump Street,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” is only available in the form of CAM downloads, bootleg copies filmed in a movie theater by a camcorder. Those rough cuts have been shared nearly 10,000 times, a number that's certain to grow when DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the film are posted.
Physical copies of “Guardians of the Galaxy” are scheduled to be released Dec. 9, weeks after “22 Jump Street” will hit shelves Nov. 18. Fans unwilling to wait to watch the latter without stealing it can buy a ticket when it returns to theaters for a brief run on Oct. 24.