Traffic report: April 2017

This traffic report is based on the Topviews Analysis that shows the most viewed pages of a project.

The two top spots this month are taken by 13 Reasons Why, a book and subsequent television program.    Dylan Minnette (right) plays high school student Clay Jensen, who receives a package of tapes from a classmate Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, explaining the 13 reasons she committed suicide. The series explores the sensitive themes of rape, bullying, and suicide, and has just been extended for another season.


Rank Article Editors Views Image Notes
1 13 Reasons Why 284 8,312,990
High school student Hannah Baker commits suicide and leaves her classmate Clay Jensen a series of tapes detailing the reasons. The television series was controversial for its depiction of mature themes of rape and suicide.
2 Thirteen Reasons Why 153 4,334,723
A 2007 book for young adults by Jay Asher about a high school student who kills herself after being bullied by schoolmates; the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, or Th1rteen R3asons Why. The Netflix version was released March 31.
3 The Fate of the Furious 176 4,209,420
This is the eighth in the series of The Fast and the Furious franchise, released on April 14,  starring Vin Diesel. The film features cyberterrorism, the theft of a nuclear football held by the Russian Minister of Defense, and plenty of cars and street racing.
4 Aaron Hernandez   107   4,147,453
 American  football player with the New England Patriots, arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and found dead in his jail cell on April 19.
5 Deaths in 2017   217   2,910,771
April deaths with large page views included American stand-up comedian Don Rickles on April 6; guitarist J. Geils of the J. Geils band on April 11; comedian Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, on April 12; New York’s first African-American woman judge on an appeals court, Sheila Abdus-Salaam on April 12; and Erin Moran, who played playing Joanie Cunningham on the television sitcom Happy Days on April 22. 
6 WrestleMania 33 174 2,785,859
The thirty-third annual World Wrestling Entertainment professional wrestling event, in Orlando Florida, April 2.
7 XXX (film series) 2 2,344,986
The third movie in the series, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, starring Vin Diesel and Ice Cube.   The XXX sequels have not done well in domestic markets, but have shown strong earnings in China. Digital releases were announced in April.
8 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion  73 2,253,143
The sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning, a Tollywood film which at the time was the highest grossing film in India.  Epic battles, kidnapped princesses, in the fictional kingdom of Mahishmati. Released April 28.
9 Darth Vader 12 2,176,190
The renewal of interest in the Star Wars arch villain may have been due to a golden mask that went on display in Tokyo in April, ahead of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars on May 4th, known to fans as “may the fourth be with you”.
10 Vinod Khanna 190 2,152,971
Indian actor, producer of Bollywood films, and politician,  died April 27.

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