PROJECT X, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Dark Knight Rises are 2012?s most pirated movies, according to file sharing news website TorrentFreak.The home video-style comedy about three friends who plan a house party which spirals out of control was downloaded illegally nearly 9 million times through BitTorrent.Tom Cruise’s fourth outing in Mission Impossible came in second in the list of most-shared movies, while The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows completed the top five. ‘There is no significant change in the total number of movie downloads compared to last year,’ claimed TorrentFreak. ‘But it’s clear that demand for movies remains strong’.It added: ‘Project X as ‘winner’ is perhaps the biggest surprise as it’s the lowest grossing movie in the top 10 with only $100,931,865.’Aside from Project X most films in the top 10 were high-grossing blockbusters such as Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Dictator, though Skyfall and Prometheus were noticeable absentees which suggests that torrents for these movies were stringently policed or that audiences preferred to see them on the big screen. Metro

The most downloaded films

1Project X8,720,0002Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol8,500,0003The Dark Knight Rises8,230,0004The Avengers8,110,0005Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows7,850,000621 Jump Street7,590,0007The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo7,420,0008The Dictator7,330,0009Ice Age: Continental Drift6,960,00010The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 16,740,000