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‘Aquaman’ has made more money than ‘Justice League’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

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  • “Aquaman” won the domestic box office for a second-straight weekend with $51.5 million.
  • The movie’s worldwide total of $748.8 million has surpassed the lifetime gross of “Justice League” and “Suicide Squad.”
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” stays in second place with $28 million, and now has a domestic total of $98.9 million, which will best the domestic take of Disney’s “Christopher Robin” by New Year’s Day.

“Aquaman” continues to dominate the box office in its second week in US theaters. 

Warner Bros.’s latest release from its DC Comics Extended Universe is number one for a second-straight weekend with an estimated $51.5 million, which is a stronger week-two figure than some of the big comic book movie releases of the past. 

Its $51.5 million bests “Doctor Strange” ($42.9 million), “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($42.1 million), and “Justice League” ($41 million).

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In fact, the worldwide total of $748.8 million for “Aquaman” as of this weekend is more than the lifetime gross of “Justice League” ($657.9 million) and “Suicide Squad” ($746.8 million). The success of “Aquaman” for Warner Bros. stands in stark contrast with “Justice League’s” deflating release for the DCEU last year. 

Now, the watch begins to see if James Wan’s underwater thrill ride can break the $1 billion worldwide box office milestone. With the movie going into January, which is always a soft time of year when it comes to new releases, Warner Bros. won’t have to worry about much competition. But having already opened in China (and dominating there) in early December, the movie can’t expect a boost from a late international release.

mary poppins returns“Mary Poppins Returns.”DisneyMeanwhile, Disney is in the unfamiliar position of being in the silver position during the holiday season. “Mary Poppins Returns” has been doing well, but has been stuck behind “Aquaman” since it opened before Christmas. 

This weekend it took in another second place finish with $28 million, its domestic total is now at $98.9 million. By New Year’s Day it will top the domestic total of the studio’s “Christopher Robin” release earlier this year of $99.2 million.

But don’t feel sorry for Disney. A big reason for the record-breaking box office business in 2018 is because of the 26% market share of Disney at the domestic ticket counter.

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

Shares were trading up over 5% to $3.07 in early afternoon trade.

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