Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over Black Widow Streaming Release
According to the Wall Street Journal, Johansson filed the suit in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, accusing Disney of breaching its contract with her over the release of Black Widow and thus preventing Johansson “from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
As Johansson’s salary was based in large part on the box office performance of Black Widow, Disney’s decision to put the film on Disney+ cost the actress as much as $50 million, a person familiar with details of her contract told WSJ.
In her complaint, Johansson says her representatives sought to renegotiate her contract after learning of Disney’s dual-release strategy, but “Disney and Marvel were unresponsive.”
Disney launched Disney+ Premier Access in the early months of the pandemic, offering viewers the opportunity to purchase new tentpole films for a one-time payment. To date, five films have received a dual release in theaters and on Disney+, including Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon, Cruella, and Jungle Cruise, in addition to the aforementioned Black Widow.
Black Widow performed well at the box office in its first week of release, grossing $80 million domestically and $78 million overseas. However, the film’s box office performance declined sharply in the proceeding weeks, which some industry analysts attributed to a surge in illegal downloads stemming from its accessibility on Disney+.
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July 29, 2021 at 11:03AM