Wikipedia:Top 25 Report

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (June 11 to 17, 2017)[edit]

Prepared with commentary by OZOO and Igordebraga

Last week's report

Sad news struck all week long - Adam West died (#4), a building burned (#6), a politician was shot (#7), an American prisoner returned home in a coma (#12) - and Trump got controversial enough to return to the list (#16). It's no surprise readers are still flocking to escapist activities that include television (#17, #25) and theater (#13), in a list still topped by Wonder Woman (#2) and its lead actress Gal Gadot - the movie's success and idealistic message are clearly striking a positive note with audiences. Film inspires two more entries with The Mummy (#5) and biopic subject Tupac Shakur (#11), but the dominant topic of this list is sports, encompassing nearly half the list. Basketball, fueled by the 2017 NBA Finals that ended on June 12, is the most present - the winning team (#19), two of its players (#3, #15), the loser's biggest star (#10), and the historical list of champions (#9) all appear. Cricket and boxing earn two entries each, and single ones for tennis and association football.

For the week of June 11 to 17, 2017, the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:

Rank Article Class Views Image Notes
1 Gal Gadot c Class 1,233,820
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Having made her name playing Gisele Yashar in the The Fast and the Furious franchise, Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot has moved on to playing Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman in the nascent DC Extended Universe. After making her debut in last year's Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Gadot returns as Wonder Woman in the eponymous film. And on the subject of that film...
2 Wonder Woman (2017 film) start Class 1,192,581
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...it is second in this list. Patty Jenkins (pictured) has directed the fourth film in the DC Extended Universe, and the first superhero movie from a major studio to have a female lead since 2005's Elektra, since when there have been three new Batmen, two new Hulks and two versions of the Fantastic 4, to give you an idea of how long that is in film-making time. The film has thusly obtained some symbolic value as a test of the viability of female led movies in the modern era, and with a US opening weekend at #1 with $103,251,471, it's probably passed.
3 Kevin Durant good Article 1,053,517
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Durant, one of the most high-profile active basketball players in the world, faced the scorn of many once he left the Oklahoma City Thunder (whose jersey he is wearing in the photo to the left) for the powerhouse Golden State Warriors, a move that transparently meant Durant wanted to win an NBA title as soon as possible. It paid off handsomely: five years after Durant lost the 2012 NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, he won the 2017 NBA Finals over LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers. Durant scored an average of 35.2 points per game over the five-game series, a performance that earned him Finals Most Valuable Player Award.
4 Adam West c Class 961,246
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American actor Adam West died on June 9 at the age of 88. He is best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s tv series and the 1966 theatrical feature film; but he also had guest roles in shows such as Alias Smith and Jones and Murder, She Wrote; and recurring voice roles as parodies of himself in cartoons like Family Guy and The Fairly OddParents.
5 The Mummy (2017 film) start Class 896,532
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A brand-new movie franchise for you to enjoy! I say brand new, it's actually the third version of the The Mummy franchise, and the first in Universal Studios' "Dark Universe" series. The movie stars Tom Cruise (pictured) as the main character, Sofia Boutella as the titular Mummy and Russell Crowe as a most-likely-sequel-setting-up Dr. Jekyll. As mentioned, the film is the first in a new franchise, which has been announced to contain movies based on the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Although seeing as the movie opened in the US with a weekend of $31,668,375, over 10 million dollars less than the 1999 version of the film did (not adjusted for inflation), I wouldn't be sure how much of this franchise will actually show up.
6 Grenfell Tower fire b Class 836,550
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The big tragedy of the week saw this London tower block burn down, leading to 74 people missing and presumed dead, while a further five dead persons.
7 Steve Scalise c Class 747,127
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The Majority Whip of the House of Representatives was the highest profile victim of a shooting at a practice session for the congressional baseball team, leading him to be taken to the hospital in critical condition. On a brighter note, the Congressional Baseball Game was not cancelled due to the incident, and in fact attracted a larger crowd than usual, raising over $1 million for charity.
8 Deaths in 2017 list Class 689,172
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Nearly 100,000 views a day this week, as normal. Someone could probably write an interesting study on what time of the day viewers check this page, if they visit more often on weekdays or weekends, if significant deaths in the news influence the views one way or another. Not me of course, someone else.
9 List of NBA champions Featured Class 675,034
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For the third year in a row, the NBA Finals came down to the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the former winning. And speaking of the Finals...
10 LeBron James good Article 643,575
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One of the most high-profile active basketball players in the world, LeBron reached his seventh straight NBA final, and eighth overall. 2016 had him leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals to get the franchise's first NBA championship. This time, such a comeback was not possible in spite of LeBron's efforts, with him scoring an average of 33.6 points per game over the five-game series the Cavs lost 1-4.
11 Tupac Shakur B Class 610,200
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Hailed as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, Tupac had his life chronicled in the film All Eyez on Me, released on the rapper's birthday, June 16. Proving the strength of Tupac's legacy nearly 21 years after his death, in spite of negative reviews the film opened with $26.4 million in its opening weekend, enough for #3 in the box office (behind Wonder Woman, #2 on this list, and Cars 3).
12 Otto Warmbier b Class 607,175 After being held captive in North Korea for 18 months, this American college student was released on June 12 - in a coma state. Back in the U.S., doctors discovered extensive brain damage - that the Koreans' medical reports showed had already begun during captivity - that lead to a persistent vegetative state and Warmbier's eventual death one week later at the young age of 22.
13 Dear Evan Hansen start Class 578,312
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The big winner of the 71st Tony Awards, with six prizes, was this musical by Pasek and Paul (pictured), that follows a grim subject: a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder, who finds himself amid the turmoil that follows a classmate's death.
14 Rafael Nadal c Class 577,002
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Pushing an already victorious career one step further, this Spanish tennis player won the French Open for the tenth time. Only one other player has ever managed double digit conquests of a single Grand Slam tournament, Margaret Court with 11 Australian Opens.
15 Stephen Curry b Class 562,359
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Stephen Curry, the basketball player regarded by many as the greatest shooter in NBA history, assisted his Golden State Warriors teammates – including the aforementioned Kevin Durant (#3) – in their triumph in the 2017 NBA Finals. And "assisted" is the right word, as Curry was credited with 9.4 assists per game over the 5 match series.
16 Donald Trump c Class 526,315
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After a one week absence, another controversial act by president Trump returns him to the list. This time, it was reversing the Cuban Thaw policies of his predecessor that would normalize the Cuba–United States relations.
17 Orange Is the New Black C-class 494,706
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The fifth season of the women-in-prison TV series premièred in its entirety on Netflix on June 17.
18 ICC Champions Trophy start Class 471,026
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After a few weeks of Indian film on the Report, it's time for the national sport, cricket. The India national cricket team entered the 2017 edition of this tournament, the second most important after the Cricket World Cup, as the defending champions.
19 Golden State Warriors b Class 449,547
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Led by Kevin Durant (#3) and Stephen Curry (#15), the San Francisco Bay Area team won their fifth NBA title (#9) over LeBron James' (#10) Cleveland Cavaliers. This makes them the team with the fourth most championships (tied with the San Antonio Spurs).
20 Floyd Mayweather Jr. c Class 436,040
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The undefeated five-division professional boxing world champion announced he has seen a contestant emerge from a whole different sport: MMA star Conor McGregor (#24), who will fight Mayweather in August.
21 Pound sterling c Class 432,583
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For all the news about the British currency - value drops given the snap election and the impending problems caused by Brexit - this is mostly driven by Reddit, and a TIL thread noting that it is the world's oldest currency.
22 2017 ICC Champions Trophy start Class 421,569
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The 2017 edition of this quadrennial cricket tournament was held in England and Wales. India returned to the final, held on June 17, but lost to neighbour\rival Pakistan.
23 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup start Class 420,904
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In preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia is receiving the continental champions plus current world champion Germany, in a tournament that started on Saturday. Like in the previous edition, it is being held amidst nationwide protests - but not exactly tournament related, despite plenty of reasons they could be.
24 Conor McGregor b Class 417,705
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The reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion has been on hiatus since UFC 205 in November, but announced he will make his boxing debut against five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (#20)
25 The Handmaid's Tale C class 406,277
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The 1985 dystopian novel that inspired the TV series (which narrowly misses the cut at #26, with 5,000 less views), undoubtedly has a few more views due to people worried about the current state of affairs in the United States.

Exclusions[edit]

  • This list excludes the Wikipedia main page, non-article pages (such as redlinks), and anomalous entries (such as DDoS attacks or likely automated views). Since mobile view data became available to the Report in October 2014, we exclude articles that have almost no mobile views (5–6% or less) or almost all mobile views (94–95% or more) because they are very likely to be automated views based on our experience and research of the issue. Please feel free to discuss any removal on the talk page if you wish.
  • Per consensus, Lali Esposito is excluded.
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