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Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Argylle’ Only Nabs .7M in Box Office Previews

Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Argylle’ Only Nabs $1.7M in Box Office Previews

Matthew Vaughn‘s action spy-comedy Argylle hopes to be an agent of change at the box office this weekend, but it could be a tough mission to complete. The pic, whose star-packed ensemble cast is led by Henry Cavill and Bryce Dallas Howard, started off its box office tour with a subdued $1.7 million in Thursday previews. That’s not a surprise, considering the $200 million movie has been largely skewered by critics and is only expected to earn $15 million to $20 million in its domestic opening. There is certainly a potential for upside if word of mouth is strong. Universal is distributing the pic on behalf of Apple Original Films, which is presenting Argylle in association with MARV, a Cloudy Production. Whatever the outcome, Argylle is still welcome news for theater owners, considering the overall slowdown in product because of the lingering impact of last year’s strikes. There hasn’t been one new wide studio release in two weeks. Argylle has the benefit of playing in Imax and other premium large format screens, and it is …

Dementia could affect 1.7m people in England and Wales by 2040, data finds | Dementia

Dementia poses an “enormous threat” to healthcare systems and the general public in England and Wales, experts have warned, as data suggests 1.7 million people will have the condition by 2040. It is already known to be among the most serious health and social care threats and a new analysis shows the total number affected could be 42% higher than previously estimated. The research was published in the Lancet public health journal. It said the “burden on health and social care might be considerably larger than currently forecast”. Led by University College London (UCL), the study updated previous work suggesting cases would reach 1.2 million people in 2040. “Dementia incidence followed a nonlinear trend in England and Wales with a declining trend from 2002 to 2008 and an increased trend from 2008 to 2016,” the researchers wrote. “If the upward incidence trend continues, along with population ageing, the number of people with dementia in England and Wales is projected to increase to 1.7 million in 2040.” The rate decreased by 29% between 2002 and 2008 …

Character.AI, the a16z-backed chatbot startup, tops 1.7M installs in first week

Character.AI, the a16z-backed chatbot startup, tops 1.7M installs in first week

Demand for AI via consumer mobile apps has been climbing, with market leader OpenAI’s ChatGPT mobile app topping half a million downloads in its first six days. Now, another AI app is touting its own launch success, as the a16z-backed Character.AI app is claiming to have pulled in over 1.7 million new installs in less than a week on the market. The AI app maker, which announced a whopping $150 million in Series A funding earlier this year, valuing its business at $1 billion, offers customizable AI companions with distinct personalities, as well as the ability for users to create their own characters. While there are a number of these AI character generators available on today’s app stores, interest in Character.AI has a lot to do with its founders. The Palo Alto-based startup was created by Noam Shazeer and Daniel De Freitas, AI experts who previously led a team of researchers at Google that built LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), a language model that helps power conversational AI experiences. At Google, the founders had …

Hack the Box, a gamified cybersecurity training platform with 1.7M users, raises M

Hack the Box, a gamified cybersecurity training platform with 1.7M users, raises $55M

There’s long existed a divide in the world of computer hacking between those who are taking a malicious approach to crack a system, and those who are using the same techniques to understand the system’s vulnerabilities, help fix them, and at the same time to fight against the malicious actors. Today, Hack the Box, one of the startups that’s built a platform to help cultivate more of the latter group with a gamified approach, is announcing $55 million in funding to expand its business after racking up 1.7 million users. The funding is being led by Carlyle, with Paladin Capital Group, Osage University Partners, Marathon Venture Capital, Brighteye Ventures, and Endeavor Catalyst Fund also participating. The UK startup is not disclosing valuation at the moment. But for some context, according to PitchBook, the startup, based out of England but with offices in New York and with founding roots out of Greece — where it also has an office — had raised just over $24 million since being founded in 2017 (with about $15 million of …