Happy Monday, everyone, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s twice-weekly roundup of everything you need to know about the world of pop culture, from box office results to awards-season chatter. This week: Black Panther starts picking up trophies, Deadpool has a big weekend in China, and Amazon is shelling out major money at Sundance.
Black Panther Marks a First at the SAG Awards
After getting largely overlooked by the Golden Globes, and racking up six Oscar nominations—including one for Best Picture—Black Panther got a historic win last night, picking up the Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast in a motion picture. It’s the first superhero movie to do so, and a testament to just how good all the stars in Black Panther truly are. The film also won an award for its stunt performances. Other SAG award recipients included Sandra Oh for Killing Eve, and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which took home a slew of trophies.
Amazon’s Checkbook Is Open at Sundance
Every year now, streaming services head to the Sundance Film Festival in hopes of picking up a big-deal picture. (And in some cases, like Netflix’s Roma, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the streamers are bringing the films to fests themselves.) This year has been no different, and now Amazon has two major acquisitions to show for it: The company dropped a whopping $13 million for Late Night, a comedy produced by, written by, and starring Mindy Kaling. Amazon followed that up by shelling out around $14 million for political thriller The Report, starring Adam Driver. Late Night does not yet have a release date, but considering that Amazon has made a push to release its films in theaters and that The Report is due to roll out this fall, chances are you’ll be able to see Kaling’s movie on the big screen soon.
Deadpool Is Big in China
Rounding out the weekend’s major wins, oddly enough, was Once Upon a Deadpool. The heavily edited version of the bloody superhero blockbuster opened big in China over the weekend, bringing in $22.3 million in three days. The PG-13 film was censored even further for the Chinese market, and while it opened well, chances are it won’t continue to rule the box office given a massive crop of new movies will soon hit theaters for Chinese New Year. Still, $22.3 million can buy a lot of chimichangas.
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