Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney over Black Widow's Streaming Release
Scarlett Johansson is claiming that she lost out on more than $50 million in streaming profits from the film's dual in-theater and at-home release.
Black Widow,being released simultaneously in theaters and on the company's streaming service, Disney+. Johansson's original contract with Disney and Marvel Entertainment promised an exclusive theatrical release, and her overall salary was based largely on the box office performance of the film, per
WSJ. As there was reportedly no mention of streaming profits in Johansson's contract, the actress is claiming that she lost out on upward of $50 million with the streaming release ofBlack Widowper a source familiar with the details of her contract.
Amy SussmanGetty ImagesBlack Widowbecame one of the film industry's most promising box office debuts following a yearlong lull because of theaters being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film grossed $80 million at theaters and an additional $60 million in streaming revenue for its opening weekend, headtopics.com
WSJpointed out. The filing also claims that Johansson attempted to renegotiate her contract ahead of the film's streaming release, but Disney and Marvel did not respond to the requests.Black Widowalso marks Johansson's final appearance in theAvengers
films, which she has starred in since 2010'sIron Man 2."Disney intentionally induced Marvel's breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” the suit reads. Disney has yet to comment on the filing.
Johansson's filing also represents what could be a major shift for the entertainment industry in a post-COVID world. Until the virus is fully eradicated, film studios are banking on simultaneous streaming releases to balance out lower-than-usual theater profits. Anticipated films like
In the HeightsSpace Jamhave also had dual theater and streaming releases this summer."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," Johansson's lawyer, John Berlinski, said. headtopics.com
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Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over 'Black Widow' Streaming ReleaseScarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract over Black Widow. She want that check 😂😂 You go Scarlett BlackWidow D be. D dd. Fr
Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney Over 'Black Widow'Her suit alleges that Disney breached their agreement with Scarlett.
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming ReleaseScarlett Johansson, star of Marvel Entertainment’s 2021 movie ‘Black Widow,’ has filed suit against Walt Disney Co. over the decision to release the movie on Disney+ at the same time as in theaters. Yessss get them As she should😌 I’m kinda amazed people are acting like Disney’s a down on their luck good guy. I have no pathos for Ms. Johansson, but I have even less for Disney if this is true. They are an enormous company and intentionally shorting the talent is an abuse.
Scarlett Johansson Files Lawsuit Against Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ ReleaseIn a dramatic turn with implications for major Hollywood studios, Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. on Thursday alleging that her contract was breached when Black Widow… Scarlett please just she should sue for not making that solo movie before the character died
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney For Releasing ‘Black Widow’ On Streaming ServiceThe ‘Black Widow’ star claims Disney breached her contract by releasing the movie on Disney+ the same day it premiered in theaters, hurting its box-office revenue, which was the basis for bonuses for the actress.
Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney For Releasing ‘Black Widow’ On Streaming ServiceThe ‘Black Widow’ star claims Disney breached her contract by releasing the movie on Disney+ the same day it premiered in theaters, hurting its box-office revenue, which was the basis for bonuses for the actress. I AM DESPERATELY BEGGING FOR HELP AT THIS POINT!!!! I am a single father of a disabled toddler, We are about to lose what little we do have we need to get caught up on expenses and replace our car ASAP God Bless you all!!! This was a matter of when not if Johnasson sued them. Honestly, would have done the same thing. Interesting to see how Disney reacts. Honey the movie wasn’t even that good