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Flying to the top: The Batman hits new records

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The Batman continues to amaze audiences around the world. The film is flying higher than Batman at the peak of Gotham – He’s at the top of the box office

IMAX has a new reason to thank The Batman and hail the film as a true hero following a battering to the box office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Dylan Clark, Andy Serkis, Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright and Matt Reeves attend “The Batman” special screening at BFI IMAX Waterloo on February 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

In only its third weekend in theatres but The Batman has helped push IMAX past $10 billion in lifetime box office grosses.

The Warner Bros. film is the highest grossing movie of 2022 and the second highest since the beginning of the pandemic (first place goes to Spider-Man: No Way Home).

Thanks to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, anticipation for the DC film was higher than ever.

Ahead of its release, the director hyped the film’s IMAX experience, and early fan screenings sold out immediately.

The film cost an estimated $200 million to make, not counting the many millions spent on marketing. But the movie earned $134 million in its first three days, the second-biggest opening weekend since late 2019.

Robert Pattinson’s debut as the Dark Knight earned an additional $US36.8 million ($49.5m) over the weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday

As of this weekend, it has crossed the $300 million mark in the US and tipped close to $600 million worldwide.

According to AP, The only place The Batman seems to be stumbling is in China where it earned $12.1 million in its first weekend. But about 43% of cinemas in China are closed due to the pandemic.

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How Disney beat Netflix at its own game

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When it comes to streaming, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Disney+ has quickly become a major force in the streaming wars, adding over 14 million new subscribers in its latest quarter. That’s a big jump from the 3 million it had just three months prior.

In comparison, Netflix lost nearly 1 million subscribers in the same period.

So what happened? How did Disney+ overtake Netflix so quickly?

There are a few factors at play.

For one, Disney+ has a lot of content that people want to watch. As well as its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the service  has access to popular franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons. That’s a big draw for people who are looking for something to watch.

In addition, Disney+ is much cheaper than Netflix. A subscription to Disney+ costs $6.99 per month, while a Netflix subscription starts at $8.99 per month. For people who are trying to save money, Disney+ is the more appealing option. Though Disney and Netflix have signalled they’re going to push up their prices.

Disney+ has been aggressive in marketing itself as the superior streaming service. The company has run a number of ads that compare its service favorably to Netflix. This has helped convince people to switch to Disney+.

The Disney effect

The Walt Disney Company launched Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The streaming service is available in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

As of the second quarter of 2020, Netflix had nearly 221 million subscribers across 190 countries.

Netflix facts

What is the market share of Netflix? In the United States, Netflix has a market share of 37%. That means it is the most popular streaming service in the country.

When was Netflix founded? Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.

What type of company is Netflix? Netflix is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NFLX.

What is the headquarters of Netflix? The headquarters of Netflix is located in Los Gatos, California.

Disney+ facts

Disney is spending $1 billion per year on its streaming service.

What is the market share of Disney+? In the United States, Disney+ has a market share of 24%.

When was Disney+ launched? Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019.

What type of company is Disney? Disney is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DIS.

How much does Disney stock cost? As of August 2020, the price of one share of Disney stock is $115.76.

What is the headquarters of Disney? The headquarters of Disney is located in Burbank, California.

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Scientists discover dogs can sniff if you’re stressed

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Russia has begun vaccinating animals against COVID-19

Dog’s truely are our best friends and it turns out they really are in tune to our feelings by experiencing their world through smell

Scientists have discovered that dogs can detect stress, by sniffing our breath and sweat

Four dogs volunteered by their owners – were trained to “choose” one of three scent canisters.

And in more than 650 out of 700 trials, they sniffed a sample of sweat or breath that had been taken from a stressed person.

Dog highly sensitive scent-detection abilities are already used to detect drugs, explosives, and illnesses – so they really are paw-some animals

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Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dies at 59

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U.S. rapper and record producer Coolio has died

The musician was visiting a friend when he suddenly passed away, according to reports from his management.

TMZ reports the musician went to the bathroom and never returned.

Paramedics were sent to the scene after reports he entered cardiac arrest. But his cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

But the father of 10 was pronounced dead a short time after.

Coolio was best known for his hit songs Gangsta’s Paradise, Fantastic Voyage, and It’s All The Way Live.

He was aged 59.

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