Reportedly, Disney’s (DIS) decision to release “Black Widow” on Disney Plus and theatres at the same time as via its streaming service Disney+ has led to a legal battle with Scarlett Johansson, the actress playing the Marvel superhero. Attorneys for Johansson filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that the star’s contract was breached when the studio decided not to debut the film exclusively in theatres and simultaneously launched the movie on Disney Plus, a move they claim depressed ticket sales. Johansson’s compensation was linked to the box office performance of “Black Widow”, subject to it hitting certain benchmarks, bonuses were to be given.
Disney announced in March that “Black Widow” would premiere simultaneously on the studio’s subscription-based streaming service, for a premium $30 price, as well as on the big screen. On July 9, “Black Widow” set a pandemic-era box office record with its $80 million debuts in North America and an additional $78 million overseas, it also pulled in $60 million on Disney Plus. Ticket sales steeply declined in the following weeks and currently stand at $319 million globally, putting “Black Widow” on track to become one of the lowest-grossing Marvel movies of all time.
As per reports, sources close to Johansson estimate that the decision to release the film concurrently on Disney Plus resulted in $50 million in lost bonuses.
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