Among the many woes Sony weathered following a crippling hacking attack was that several of its high-profile films popped up on pirating sites in recent weeks. But films are pirated all year long, and there were plenty of other big-name movies that were downloaded illegally in 2014.

Excipio, a firm that tracks online piracy activity, released a report detailing the top 20 most pirated movies of 2014, and the list is led by two very different titles: "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Frozen." The former film just barely edged out the latter, notching a little over 30 million downloads, while the latter totaled just under the 30 million mark.

According to Excipio, the data was collected between January 1 and December 23, 2014. The company said it could not account for different downloads of movies of the same title, with films such as the recent "RoboCop" reboot and Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" flick combining with other earlier movies with the same moniker to make the list.

Check out Excipio's full top 20 below. Those big numbers probably explain a lot about why this year's total North American box office haul was down 5 percent from 2013.

1. "The Wolf of Wall Street": 30.035 million (Paramount, Dec. 25, 2013)
2. "Frozen": 29.919 million (Disney, Nov. 27, 2013)
3. "RoboCop"*: 29.879 million (MGM, Feb. 12, 2014; and Orion, July 17, 1987)
4. "Gravity": 29.357 million (Warner Bros., Oct. 4, 2013)
5. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": 27.627 million (Warner Bros., Dec. 13, 2013)
6. "Thor: The Dark World": 25.749 million (Disney/Marvel, Nov. 8, 2013)
7. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier": 25.628 million (Disney/Marvel, April 4, 2014)
8. "The Legend of Hercules": 25.137 million (Summit, Jan. 10, 2014)
9. "X-Men: Days of Future Past": 24.380 million (20th Century Fox, May 23, 2014)
10. "12 Years a Slave": 23.653 million (Fox Searchlight, Oct. 18, 2013)
11. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire": 23.543 million (Lionsgate, Nov. 22, 2013)
12. "American Hustle": 23.143 million (Sony/Columbia, Dec. 13, 2013)
13. "300: Rise of an Empire": 23.096 million (Warner Bros., March 7, 2014)
14. "Transformers: Age of Extinction": 21.65 million (Paramount, June 27, 2014)
15. "Godzilla": 20.956 million (Warner Bros., May 16, 2014)
16. "Noah": 20.334 million (Paramount, March 28, 2014)
17. "Divergent": 20.312 million (Lionsgate, March 21, 2014)
18. "Edge of Tomorrow": 20.299 million (Warner Bros., June 6, 2014)
19. "Captain Phillips": 19.817 million (Sony/Columbia, Oct. 11, 2013)
20. "Lone Survivor": 19.130 million (Universal, Dec. 25, 2013)

[via: Variety]

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