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Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release

Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release

7/30/2021 1:43:00 AM

Scarlett Johansson suing Disney over Black Widow streaming release

The actor claims that the studio breached her contract by releasing her standalone Marvel adventure on Disney+

Johansson claims that her salary was based on the box office performance of the film, which opened strong with $80m in the US but suffered the steepest second week decline of any entry within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dropping 67%. Exhibitors later criticised Disney, blaming the hybrid release for the drop.

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The National Association of Theatre Owners, which represents about 30,000 screens in the US, sent out a press release saying that the performance “demonstrates that an exclusive theatrical release means more revenue for all stakeholders in every cycle of the movie’s life”.

Disney announced in March that the $200m-budgeted film would go to cinemas while also being available to rent on Disney+ for $30. The studio claimed that it made $60m via rentals in its opening weekend. Its global haul currently stands at $319m, one of the lowest-performing Marvel films to date. headtopics.com

The complaint claims that Johansson’s lawyers reached out in 2019 to Disney with concerns about the film being given a multi-platform release. They later tried to renegotiate her contract after the release strategy was changed.“This will surely not be the last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts,” said John Berlinski, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP who represents Johansson, in a statement.

Disney’s CEO, Bob Chapek, defended the decision in May on an earnings call. “One of the things we learned is that flexibility is good,” he said. “We’re really celebrating that flexibility ... we’re trying to offer consumers more choice.In a new statement, Disney has fired back at Johansson. “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing,” it read. “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This week also sees Disney’s adventure Jungle Cruise heading to cinemas and Disney+ with its opening box office in the US predicted to be about $25m. The budget for the film is estimated to be about $200m.The news comes after a difficult year for relationships between talent and studios as the shuttering of cinemas led to many films being given hybrid releases. Warner Bros announced that all of their 2021 releases would premiere at both cinemas and on HBO Max which led to anger and threats of legal action.

The director Denis Villeneueve, whose big-budget fantasy Dune will premiere later this year, slammed Warners in an op-ed forVariety. “Warner Bros’ sudden reversal from being a legacy home for film-makers to the new era of complete disregard draws a clear line for me,” he wrote. “Film-making is a collaboration, reliant on the mutual trust of team work and Warner Bros. has declared they are no longer on the same team.” headtopics.com

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We’ve heard of corporate greed. We can now relate it to personal economic gluttony. What, $30M not enough? She wants $50M? $100M? I recognize it’s a contract issue but, EconomicGluttony is indefensible. Shameful BlackWidow Variety THR latimes Bad casting I love that shame on Disney looks like they keep fucking uppayscarjo

Maybe she should’ve been more concerned with making a better movie. Why is it their fault not her's ? Poor millionaires who play pretend for a living. beastiejoe1 freescarlett

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming Black WidowJohansson alleges that she lost out of more than $50million as a result of the film being released on streaming service Disney+ at the same time as its debut in theaters Who hasn't mislaid the odd $50m? Covid hit her hard to eh? Wonder how when I paid $30 for 'premier access'. It was 🗑🤢

Scarlett Johansson sues Walt Disney over Marvel’s Black Widow release🎥❌ Scarlett Johansson is suing Walt Disney for breach of contract after the media giant released its latest Marvel movie on its streaming service at the same time as its cinema debut

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming Black WidowJohansson alleges that she lost out of more than $50million as a result of the film being released on streaming service Disney+ at the same time as its debut in theaters I understand that these actors make tonnes of money for studios but being paid 15 mill already she sues for more…… during a time period when people are dying and others are losing everything. Its the way things are done but it’s such a bad look.

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