Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-09-27/Traffic report

Is there no justice?: Perhaps on the tennis court.

This traffic report is adapted from the Top 25 Report, prepared with commentary by Igordebraga, Kingsif and Rebestalic.

Our lives are still hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Wikipedia readers don't seek the article on this disease as much as they seek other unsavory subjects such as politics and police brutality. They also remember the recently deceased and seek info on distractions, such as movies and streaming shows.

In my culture, death is not the end. It’s more of a stepping-off point. (August 23 to 29)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles (August 23 to 29, 2020)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Chadwick Boseman C-Class article 9,945,698 Chadwick Boseman (28017825484) (cropped 2).jpg Boseman's death was announced by his family on the evening of August 28, from stage 4 colon cancer that he fought for 4 years without telling anyone. While playing a beloved action hero in a physically demanding role (#6). He is also known for a variety of biopics, playing important black figures in history.
2 Tenet (film) C-Class article 1,431,368 Sator Square at Oppède.jpg Christopher Nolan's long-awaited drama got postponed due to the pandemic that has slipped off the list again, but was released in movie theaters this week.
3 Kimberly Guilfoyle C-Class article 1,347,829 180720 KimberlyGuilfoyle 248 wiki.jpg This high-profile Trump supporter spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
4 Shooting of Jacob Blake C-Class article 1,249,181 2805 40th St Kenosha WI.jpg Blake, an African-American man, was shot in the back by police 7 times – he was paralyzed but lived. His shooting has kicked off riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, (where it happened) and Portland, Oregon, which have just missed out on the list. The NBA also refused to play in the direct aftermath.
5 The Batman (film) Start-Class article 988,016 Robert Pattinson Premiere of The Lost City of Z at Zoo Palast Berlinale 2017 02.jpg The trailer for this film was released, and well-received, as was star Robert Pattinson (pictured).
6 Black Panther (film) Good article 927,889 FanimeCon 2018 347 (40640219200).jpg The film starred #1 as the first lead role for a black superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and made over $1 billion. It is widely cited as proving all-black casts are popularly and financially viable. A sequel was in production, and if it goes through, title character T'Challa will need a recasting.
7 Melania Trump B-Class article 858,406 Melania Trump official portrait.jpg The First Lady delivered a speech to the RNC from her renovated White House Rose Garden.
8 QAnon B-Class article 829,809 Pence posing with QAnon police detail.jpg A conspiracy theory that people won't shut up about. And possibly the only one claiming that the government is the victim. Speaking of which...
9 Donald Trump C-Class article 826,247 Donald Trump official portrait.jpg The center of attention at the RNC, who is seeking re-election.
10 Deaths in 2020 List-Class article 816,929 Prozessionsfahne Gnadenstuhl und Tod Seite 2.jpg Better quote from #6's soundtrack to eulogize #1:

I just thank for the life, for the day, for the hours and another life breathin'
I did it all 'cause it feel good
You could live it all if you feel bad
Better live your life
We are running out of time

We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe. (August 30 to September 5)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles (August 30 to September 5, 2020)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Chadwick Boseman C-Class article 3,974,415 Chadwick Boseman (28017825484) (cropped 2).jpg The untimely death of a talented actor, who played three iconic African-Americans (Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson) and Marvel Comics' first black superhero (#7), is still being felt by his fans.
2 Tenet (film) C-Class article 1,587,728 Sator Square at Oppède.jpg Christopher Nolan's long-awaited drama got postponed due to the pandemic that has slipped off the list again, but the film was released in movie theaters last week. Tenet had good reviews, even if with criticism for a confusing plot that was not helped by drowning dialogue under noise, and opened to a somewhat respectable $20 million given most theaters are still closed and many people are still afraid of going out during a pandemic.
3 Cobra Kai B-Class article 1,192,835 Cobra Kai 61109191268 (49133113228).jpg Netflix released the show, previously exclusive to YouTube Premium, that brings back The Karate Kid himself, Daniel LaRusso, the guy who he crane kicked in the face, Johnny Lawrence, and the former sensei of the title dojo, John Kreese (whose actor Martin Kove is seen with a fan to the left)
4 Pranab Mukherjee B-Class article 940,517 The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the presentation ceremony of the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar-2017, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 29, 2017.jpg The 13th President of India passed away at the age of 84.
5 Deaths in 2020 List-Class article 817,442 Man carrying load is stalked by death, as a skeleton, 1764 Wellcome L0037503.jpg Seems everything we've ever known's here
Why must it drift away and die?
6 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. C-Class article 811,642 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (33367298132).jpg His father was a senator, his uncle was president... and despite this great legacy, RFK Jr. is in the news for his anti-vaccination views and COVID-19 misinformation, down to speaking in a partially violent demonstration in Berlin calling for an end to anti-Corona virus restrictions. (Strangely, the redirects to his article got more hits than the actual title.)
7 Black Panther (film) Good article 764,462 FanimeCon 2018 347 (40640219200).jpg The film starred #1 as the first lead role for a black superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and made over $1 billion. This week it was given special screenings on TV in the U.S., as well as re-released in some movie theaters, in tribute to the film's deceased star.
8 Mulan (2020 film) C-Class article 744,896 Liu Yifei (2016).jpg The pandemic screwed over the release of Disney's latest live-action remake, originally scheduled for March and postponed to the point the company decided to put it on Disney+ under the hefty tag of $30. And so, at least in the United States, the streaming service received Yifei Liu (pictured) playing the Chinese girl who decided to fight a war in her father's place (who wasn't royalty or married into it, but still counted as a Disney Princess), only now without the Eddie Murphy dragon or that awesome montage song.
9 The Boys (2019 TV series) B-Class article 625,976 The Boys logo.png Still on streaming: after The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, another subversive superhero show returned, namely the Prime Video comic book adaptation where "supes" are corporate puppets and overall jerks – and now we can't even say the exception are the women, as Season 2 made the jaded veteran and the still idealistic newcomer be joined by a racist sociopath named after a neo-Nazi website.
10 William Zabka Start-Class article 593,068 William Zabka (26903739853).jpg While Zabka's career after being crane kicked in the face didn't take off – at most, he produced an Academy Award-nominated short – he has now returned to the role of Johnny Lawrence in #8.

Mysterious as the dark side of the moon (September 6 to 12)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles (September 6 to 12, 2020)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Mulan (2020 film) C-Class article 1,383,212 Mulan Logo Black.svg One of the movies that would've hit theaters in the first semester if not for the pandemic has become available on Disney+ for a hefty $30 dollar premium (and also theaters in some countries without the service). The story of the Chinese girl who takes her father's place in the army got a more serious approach, supposedly closer to the source material – though I bet Mulan's wire fu and the invading army having a witch are both original additions, as much as the funny characters and musical numbers that made the cartoon so beloved. Hence why audiences were not as forgiving of the movie as reviewers (especially in China, in spite of this remake of their folk tale trying to cater to them...).
2 September 11 attacks C-Class article 1,357,498 September 14 2001.jpg Next year, the terrorist attack that really started the 21st century will have happened two decades ago. Man, are we getting old.
3 Tenet (film) C-Class article 1,168,269 Sator Square at Oppède.jpg Christopher Nolan returned with another complicated concept – something about time manipulation and preventing a war – executed with flashy visuals, and even made it hit theaters in spite of most being closed by the pandemic. Even with that hindrance (especially when many people don't want to leave their homes), it already made its $200 million budget in the box office, and got positive reviews, although with criticism for a confusing plot that was not helped by drowning dialogue under noise.
4 Diana Rigg B-Class article 1,141,276 Diana Rigg Diana 1973 crop.JPG Dame Diana Rigg died at 82 after a long and storied great career, highlighted by marrying James Bond and dying because of it, being a super spy herself, and reigning as Queen of Thorns.
5 The Boys (2019 TV series) B-Class article 973,513 Aya Cash July 14, 2014.jpg Instead of a season all at once, the return of the jerk superheroes at Prime Video had three episodes followed by weekly installments – so every week viewers can return to see Antony Starr's Homelander and Aya Cash's (pictured) Stormfront be horrible people.
6 Dune (2020 film) C-Class article 794,940 Denis Villeneuve, 2013.jpg Denis Villeneuve had good results with his approach on a beloved sci-fi film from the 1980s, so him taking instead a reviled sci-fi film from the 1980s with a beloved source material (#9) might also work, if the good reaction to the first trailer of this movie shows anything.
7 Deaths in 2020 List-Class article 777,830 People dying, as a result of the plague. Drawing by A.L. Tar Wellcome V0010686.jpg Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
8 Cobra Kai B-Class article 776,530 Cobra Kai 61109191268 (49133113228).jpg Netflix took this previously YouTube Premium-exclusive series continuing on the story of The Karate Kid, now focusing on the antagonist dojo that gives the title.
9 Dune (novel) B-Class article 728,725 Arrakis.jpg In 1965, Frank Herbert wrote this sci-fi novel centered around a planet that houses an addictive substance and giant worms, that eventually spawned a franchise that continued to add books until 2017. The first attempt at adapting it went wrong, but #6 keeps fans hopeful.
10 Naomi Osaka Good article 658,268 Naomi Osaka (42669657062).jpg Wimbledon was cancelled by the COVID-19, but tennis still managed to return with the 2020 US Open. This Haitian-Japanese wonder who lives in the U.S and plays for Japan, won the women's tournament, two years after her first triumph at Flushing Meadows.

Pulling your strings, justice is done (September 13 to 19)

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles (September 13 to 19, 2020)
Rank Article Class Views Image Notes/about
1 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Good article 4,162,215 Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2016 portrait.jpg The Notorious R.B.G., a prominent proponent of women's rights, served as a justice with a liberal philosophy on the Supreme Court of the United States.
2 Dennis Nilsen B-Class article 2,502,328 David Tennant (48602081577).jpg David Tennant already played a completely despicable human being on Netflix, so now he adds another on ITV – and worse, a real life one, this serial killer who is the focus of the miniseries Des.
3 The Devil All the Time (film) Start-Class article 907,722 Netflix 2015 logo.svg Two new Netflix releases, a psychological thriller book adaptation, and a French coming-of-age comedy-drama criticizing the hypersexualization of pre-teens.
4 Cuties C-Class article 896,477
5 Tenet (film) C-Class article 795,947 Christopher Nolan Cannes 2018.jpg This movie is apparently complex.
6 Deaths in 2020 List-Class article 768,735 Cemitério de Alcainça - Portugal (36462534073).jpg Reminds me of the summer time
On this winter's day
See you at the bitter end!
7 The Boys (2019 TV series) B-Class article 696,038 Karl Urban by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Who are you when you don't like the superheroes who work for Vought International and decide to act against the superheroes' true selves (think conceited)? You're a member of The Boys, a vigilante group – led by Karl Urban (pictured) as Billy Butcher – in a universe made possible on moving pictures by Eric Kripke for Prime Video. A second season remains running while a related short film recently dropped.
8 Naomi Osaka Good article 666,797 NaomiOsaka-smile-2020 (cropped).png This Japanese-born tennis player recently won her division of the 2020 US Open for Tennis. Also notable: Each mask she wore in the Open bore the name of an African-American racial martyr, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
9 Mulan (2020 film) C-Class article 658,195 Liu Yifei at the 2016 BAZAAR Stars’ Charity Night.jpg This 2020 live-action remake of Disney's not hugely but sizably popular original animated film sparked the #CancelMulan hashtag once viewers decided they didn't like how Disney thanked regional authority organisations in China's Xinjiang province, where Uyghur Muslims are being forcibly re-educated.
10 Amy Coney Barrett C-Class article 657,650 Amy Coney Barrett.jpg Currently a judge in a US appeals court, Amy Coney Barrett is seen as the apple of incumbent President Donald Trump's eye when it comes to filling the vacant position on the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • 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.