Rogue Killers (October 14 to 20)
Another week, another series of deaths. The report is topped by two deceased men: a slaughtered opponent of the Saudi regime and a technological tycoon. Following on from this sombre note, however, we have a list dominated to an intense degree by visual media, from new Netflix releases to a virtual tour of all big releases currently airing in your local multiplex. Not the most diverse report of all time, dominated as it is by just a handful of issues, but interesting to compile all the same. Enjoy.
For the week of October 14 to 20, 2018, the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
|1||Jamal Khashoggi||1,364,473||The brutal story which captivated the world this week revolves around Khashoggi, a journalist, famed in the West for his work with The Post, disappeared in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, leading to (now confirmed) suspicions that he had been murdered by the Arabian authorities. Of course, Saudi Arabia was ostracized internationally owing to their blatant brutality—just kidding, they have liquid gold. Must have been rogue killers. Maybe #18 was involved.|
|2||Paul Allen||1,141,490||Another death, though one with less geopolitical ramifications; Allen, along with his bespectacled friend, founded Microsoft and subsequently became one of the wealthiest men alive (and owner of the Seahawks). Sad day for fans of technology. Even sadder for Internet Explorer users, who are just finding out about his demise now.|
|3||The Haunting of Hill House (TV series)||1,082,865||The latest streaming sensation on our all-powerful content tsar charts highly on the Top 25 Report, following in the well-trodden footsteps of seemingly every series in the platform. I haven't seen this one, but it is tinged with horror; based on #5; and stars Michiel Huisman, perhaps best known as a regenerated dragon's paramour.|
|4||A Star Is Born (2018 film)||972,305||The fourth iteration of the cinematic classic, starring an acting musician and a directing actor, is also the best, and will aim to convert the considerable swathes of wiki-interest it has attracted into gold, the work of a cinephilic alchemist.|
|5||The Haunting of Hill House||907,143||Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel, a seminal cornerstone of mid-twentieth-century horror literature alongside the corpus of literary royalty, has been adapted into a popular Netflix miniseries (#3).|
|6||Halloween (2018 film)||791,624||When one sees the repetitive rebooting of dormant horror franchises, all dull, stale, monotonous and trite, I wonder why Hollywood bothers. Then Halloween slashes its way to a $77 million opening weekend, and one wonders no more.|
|7||Venom (2018 film)||747,146||Venom is comfortably one of the worst superhero adaptations in recent memory, with bland characters, a comically laughable plot, non-existent tension, and an intriguing ability to be both ludicrously toned-down and simultaneously grossly over the top. So kudos to Sony Pictures for out-doing their last horrendous swing at the character, and kudos to the droves of cinema-goers who ensured that poor Tom Hardy will have to slog through several sequels.|
|8||Deaths in 2018||694,717||Another week, another appearance in the Top 25 for the list of the deceased, buoyed this time by our top two entries.|
|9||Lady Gaga||577,955||Lady Gaga has become intimately reacquainted with the Fame Monster and its associated harbingers following her sublime starring turn in #4, and it is likely she will be in the Oscar conversation come awards time. Not bad for the musician, who intriguingly derived her stage name from our #13.|
|10||Neil Armstrong||507,392||The first is a handful of real-life figures in the Report owing to their appearances in cinematic biopics, the Air Force pilot turned pioneering lunar Voyager is the subject of the fittingly named First Man, where he is portrayed sublimely by Ryan Gosling.|
UFC, Politics, and More Superheroes (October 7 to 13)
This week, readers continued to be interested in the event that turned violent... err... more violent (#1, #3, #5, #15, #19). Further down the list is a different kind of fight—this one over the US Supreme Court (#7, #23, #25). Wikipedia readers also went to the movies a lot this week, with entries related to new releases Venom, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and 22 July from Netflix (#2, #4, #12, #13, #14, #20, #22). Rounding out the list is the latest Trump administration departure (#6), a royal wedding (#8), another Banksy prank (#9), American athletes (#11, #17), Hurricane Michael (#16), and #MeToo (#21). This leaves 3 spots this week related to deaths (#10, #24, and #18, unless you're the Saudi government).
For the week of October 6 to 13, 2018, the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
|1||Khabib Nurmagomedov||3,083,061||Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in UFC 229 to become the new UFC lightweight champion. UFC is a mixed martial arts competition, which basically means that you're trying to beat up your opponent by any means possible. Oh, and then this guy did this. No thanks.|
|2||Venom (2018 film)||1,521,579||There's been a lot of buzz around this film, which—despite being critically panned—has proven to be a hit with audiences. It grossed $35 million in the US and Canada last weekend, giving it the number 1 spot once again and a total domestic haul of $142 million. It just goes to show that moviegoers really, really, really like superheroes. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer, tells the story of Spider-Man antihero named Venom, played by Tom Hardy (whose acting is considered one of the highlights of the film). The film was made by Sony Pictures and, despite it being about a Marvel character, Marvel does not consider it to be in the official Marvel Cinematic Universe.|
|3||Conor McGregor||1,341,613||After a brief stint in boxing, this was supposed to be McGregor's return to mixed martial arts, the combat sport which brought him his fame. And just like the fight linked above (which ended in a technical knockout), it probably didn't end the way McGregor hoped. Of course, he probably made a lot of money along the way, so that helps. Can't say I watched, but there you go.|
|4||A Star Is Born (2018 film)||1,326,315||#2 for this weekend's US/Canada box office is the fourth remake, considered to be a favorite for awards season. With Hollywood's obsession with remakes and sequels, it's surprising it took this long for a remake to come out.|
|5||UFC 229||1,056,495||Pictured to the left is the Las Vegas arena where the fight took place (see #1).|
|6||Nikki Haley||902,500||This week, Haley became the latest high-profile departure from the Trump White House, which has had an astonishingly high turnover rate. Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, will leave at the end of the year. Comments by the POTUS suggest that Jim Mattis and Jeff Sessions may be on the outs as well. Sad!|
|7||Brett Kavanaugh||831,313||Ugh. Don't remind me that this guy is on the Supreme Court. What a sad, sad day for America. Please, never mention this name to me ever again, unless it's part of an impeachment effort.|
|8||Princess Eugenie||811,346[a]||There was another royal wedding last week. With this one happening so close to the last one, the page views were lower; it probably didn't help that Markle and Prince Harry sort of stole their thunder with an announcement of their own.[b]|
|9||Banksy||727,223||Banksy made headlines again this week, when a copy of his painting Girl with Balloon shredded itself after being sold at auction for £1,042,000 (US$1.373 million). (Or did it?) Of course, this just increased its value. The painting has now been renamed Love Is in the Bin.|
|10||Deaths in 2018||703,425||"All our times have come|
Here, but now they're gone..."
I gotta have more cowbell!
- Combined views; during the week, the article was moved from "Princess Eugenie of York" (583,283) to "Princess Eugenie" (228,063).
- What, you think I'm going to read articles about this topic?
October and articles are stripped bare (September 30 to October 6, 2018)
October starts with the most prevalent subject being the United States Supreme Court dispute (#2, #8, #13, #19, #20, #21) that dominated late September—a current Justice (#17) thankfully owes her entry for matters outside that. And if you though that wasn't aggressive enough, there was a MMA event (#25) that ended with the fighters (#5, #11) attacking/being attacked by people outside the ring, something you'd expect more from wrestling (#7). While on bad boys, the Report is topped by the solo movie of comics antihero Eddie Brock a.k.a. Venom—and yet, the new release that brought in bonus entries was A Star Is Born (#3), with both stars (#10, #12), one of whom also directs, entering the list. India looked for Gandhi in his holiday (#6), a doctor when Google homaged him (#14) and an actor when his widow died (#22). Otherwise, Charles Aznavour (#16) joined the year's deaths (#4), Patrick Mahomes (#9) keeps winning, Banksy (#24) trolled an auction, Elon Musk (#18) continues to see negative repercussions of the joint he smoked, and readers sought more about a Netflix movie on wolf hunters (#23) and Forest Whitaker's brother (#15).
For the week of September 30 to October 6, 2018, the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
|1||Venom (2018 film)||1,721,610||Spider-Man's sometimes evil, sometimes antiheroic counterpart got his solo movie, though completely divorced from said hero as Sony Pictures still wants to make Webhead-related movies without needing to ask for Marvel Studios to help. Critics blasted Venom, though deeming it a bit watchable due to Tom Hardy's unhinged performance as Eddie Brock (and his superpowered dark side); audiences were more acceptive, and the movie made $200 million worldwide in a single weekend.|
|2||Brett Kavanaugh||1,456,383||In spite of the hearings regarding a sexual assault incident (#8), the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court by just two votes.|
|3||A Star Is Born (2018 film)||1,088,531||The other big release of the week, the fourth remake of a famous story of musicians falling in love and she rises to fame while he decays,[a] starring Bradley Cooper (pictured), who also directs, produces, and co-writes. It finished as second in the box office behind our #1, but got much better reviews, being lauded as a possible award contender.|
|4||Deaths in 2018||714,104||"À Tout le Monde, à tous mes amis|
Je vous aime, je dois partir
These are the last words I'll ever speak
And they'll set me free"
|5||Khabib Nurmagomedov||677,003||The Russian UFC Lightweight Champion saw his title contested by former champion Conor McGregor (#11) in Las Vegas (#25), and still won—but followed it by some violence off the octagon that made Dana White refuse to give him the belt back, fearing the crowd would pelt him with whatever they had on hand.|
|6||Mahatma Gandhi||659,348||Mohandas's birthday was on October 2, leading Indians to once again research the activist who inspired the Gandhi Jayanti holiday.|
|7||WWE Super Show-Down||625,858||One more WWE pantomime, only this time in Australia! Among the events of the night, Charlotte Flair (pictured) won the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.|
|8||Christine Blasey Ford||625,685||The testimony of this college professor accusing Brett Kavanaugh (#2) of sexually assaulting her back in high school inspired an FBI supplemental background investigation... without the statements by herself, Kavanaugh, and dozens of other witnesses due to restrictions imposed by the White House. Go figure. Ford still doesn't want him impeached, hoping the mid-term elections elects mostly Democrats.|
|9||Patrick Mahomes||541,537||The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs season so far has been a 5‒0, so the quarterback responsible is at the center of attention.|
|10||Lady Gaga||493,663||Stefani Germanotta followed the steps of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand by getting the lead role in A Star is Born (#3), with acclaim that must have satisfied a woman who once sung "I live for the applause".|
Supreme Allegations (September 23 to 29)
More so than any report in recent memory, this iteration of the Top 25 Report is dominated by one major story: the ongoing confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh for the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court, and the allegations of sexual misconduct levied against him. The story accounts directly for some eight of the items listed below, the majority of which reside in the top half. With view counts of just over 300,000 sufficient for a place in the report, there is no denying that it was a quiet week for Wikipedians. However, the perusers of the encyclopedia ensured that the report has some diversity, with entries originating from the silver screen, the back pages of the newspapers, and even Reddit. Thus, an undeniably unusual report, dogged by sexual assault and the cryptic complexity of American politics; yet nonetheless, a curious list, and one that we hope you enjoy.
Without further ado, for the week of September 23 to 29, 2018 the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the WP:5000 report were:
|1||Brett Kavanaugh||2,451,649||History has a tendency to repeat itself, it seems. In 1991, a Republican nominee for SCOTUS was embroiled in controversy during their confirmation hearing as a result of allegations of sexual harassment made by our #7, leading to furore and debate galore amongst the public and a chasm-like schism between members of Congress on the issue. Once again, this week, Capitol Hill has consumed itself with such matters, as Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee for the vacant seat on the court, has been accused of sexual assault by Ford, and this has inadvertently created a political firestorm, with raging rhetoric between those who believe the allegations and those who accuse them of being a political stunt aimed to stall the nomination until mid-terms. Evidently, this has captivated Wikipedians worldwide.|
|2||Christine Blasey Ford||1,613,591|
|3||Bill Cosby||836,293||Completing a trio of sexual assault related stories in the Top 3 for this week, we have the sweater-wearing celebrity behind The Cosby Show, who has seen his star fall dramatically amidst a conviction for rape. Cosby, once dubbed "America's Dad" at the height of his popularity, was sentenced to a jail sentence of between 3 to 10 years during the week, leading vast swathes of Wikipedians towards his article.|
|4||Deaths in 2018||719,113||Once again, the list of the fallen attracted swarms of Wikipedia's denizens, morbid curiosity and intrigue propelling them to the list like a moth to a flame (bröther). Interestingly, the list remains so high despite the fact that none of the victims of the Reaper feature in this iteration of the report.|
|5||Lindsey Graham||616,461||Lindsey Graham has taken a starring role in the investigation and confirmation hearings of #1, representing the GOP by supporting Kavanaugh in spite of the allegations. This has led media outlets to declare him to be Trump's greatest ally in the Senate. Graham seems determined to enact the President's will to select a nominee for the Supreme Court, as detailed in the Constitution. Luckily, Graham has always upheld the importance of this executive right.|
|6||Tha Carter V||601,874||The long-delayed and possibly last album by rapper Lil Wayne (#8) got finally released on September 28.|
|7||Anita Hill||575,395||Anita Hill was a major source of controversy in American politics of the early 1990s, shaking Capitol Hill in a manner which only Monica Lewinski would replicate throughout the decade. Hill alleged that she had been the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by Clarence Thomas (#12) during his confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court. The controversy swirling around #1 and #2 has obviously brought Wikipedia's attention back to this starkly similar case. History has a tendency to repeat itself, it seems.|
|8||Lil Wayne||570,512||Dwayne Carter, self-proclaimed "Best Rapper Alive" who isn't one of the Reptilians but certainly looks like a giant gila monster, released Tha Carter V (#6) after six years of work.|
|9||Tiger Woods||560,038||The most famous name in world golf, and the second most decorated player ever, both in terms of PGA Tour wins and majors, Tiger Woods has exploded back into the spotlight this season, rediscovering form after—to the world—it seemed he was finished. Tiger confirmed his return as one of the sport's apex predators with a comfortable victory at the season-ending Tour Championship, and subsequently celebrated by losing four games for the US team at #16. Next month, he will face Phil Mickelson in a winner-takes-all match in Vegas. If Phil's game is as desolate as his dancing (thank me later), then Tiger will likely reign supreme.|
|10||Asia Cup||485,664||Indian sub-continent has an affinity (to put it mildly) for cricket. Throughout the past fortnight, fans of the sport were treated to a veritable festival of the game, played using its more approachable ODI system, as the best nations of Asia competed fiercely with each other. This tournament, played in the UAE culminated with a closely contested clash between reigning champions India and their Bengali neighbours, with India triumphing by three wickets to retain their throne.|
- These lists exclude 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 Top 25 Report talk page if you wish.