The various maladies that befall humanity got some well-known faces this week: the death of the well-liked actor James Avery topped the list, but Michael Schumacher, who is in a coma after a skiing accident, also drew attention. Jordan Belfort, one of the many faces of the economic tragedy unfolding around us, remained in focus as the inspiration for the film The Wolf of Wall Street. And Anderson Silva's failed attempt to reclaim his UFC champion's crown from his nemesis Chris Weidman drew sympathy for the kind of tragedy everyone can relate to. In other news, the return of the TV series Sherlock energised the world, while Breaking Bad, despite being over for two months, continues to be a talking point.
For the week of 29 December to 4 January, here are the ten most popular articles on the English Wikipedia. For the complete top 25 report, see WP:TOP25.
The man whom many regard as the greatest Formula One driver of all time is now in a critical condition and a medically induced coma after an off-piste skiing accident. As of this writing, his condition is described as stable, though naturally fans are desperate for updates.
The contemporary-set revamp of the Sherlock Holmes mythos has become a surprise global hit (and turned its star, Benedict Cumberbatch into an international sex symbol) and is now watched in 200 countries and territories (out of 254), so it's not surprising that its much ballyhooed return from a two-year hiatus was met with feverish anticipation.
People just can't let this show go. The most Wikipedia'd show of the year ended for good two months ago; even so, with its appearance on countless "best of the year" lists, and an unexpected endorsement from US President Barack Obama, it's still drumming interest from the public. On December 27, AMC began a four-day marathon, showing all 62 episodes.
Disney's de facto sequel to Tangled has become something of a sensation. It reclaimed the top spot in the US charts on its sixth weekend (a feat only matched by Avatar and Titanic) and has already outperformed its predecessor at the box office, having grossed nearly $650 million worldwide.