Unsurprisingly Avatar is the most pirated film of 2010. The Oscar-winning mega-blockbuster was downloaded from torrent websites an amazing 16,580,000 times, according to TorrentFreak. That represents a 33% increase in download activity from last year's top-pirated film, Star Trek, which was downloaded just under 11 million times. Fox, which distributed the sci-fi epic, isn't exactly crying. The film grossed nearly $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office to become the highest-grossing movie ever. 

Director James Cameron has frequently touted 3D filmmaking as the industry's best hope for combating piracy, but 3D glasses didn't hold back pirates from shattering all recorded piracy records. The financial performance of Avatar's home entertainment revenue isn't known yet, but the initial DVD release broke sales records. Surprisingly, second on the list is Kick-Ass, distributed in the US by Lionsgate. That film recorded 11,400,000 downloads off of torrent websites and grossed a somewhat disappointing $48 million domestically (plus another $48 million overseas). Coming in at #3 is Inception with 9,720,000 downloads. The Warner Bros. film has been the top pirated film these past couple months and was the most-pirated film last week, ahead of its DVD launch. The Hurt Locker, which won best picture at the Academy Awards, came in as the ninth most-pirated film with nearly $7 million downloads. That's interesting because Hurt producers are currently in the middle of a lawsuit against thousands of those pirates. It was the lowest-grossing film on the list, with just under $50 million at the worldwide box office. Here's the full list of the 10 most pirated films and number of downloads as recorded by TorrentFreak:

Avatar / 16,580,000

Kick-Ass / 11,400,000

Inception / 9,720,000

Shutter Island / 9,490,000

Iron Man 2 / 8,810,000

Clash of the Titans / 8,040,000

Green Zone / 7,730,000

Sherlock Holmes / 7,160,000

The Hurt Locker / 6,850,000

Salt / 6,700,000

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