Disney SLAMS Their Star Scarlett Johansson For $50 Million Black Widow Lawsuit In Extraordinary Statement
Disney has criticized their star Scarlett Johansson for her $50 million Black Widow lawsuit in an extraordinary statement, calling it “sad and disturbing” and insisting it has “no merit whatsoever.”
Johansson, 36, filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging she lost more than $50 million as a result of the film being released on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its debut in the cinema, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The actress claimed she was guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release for Black Widow and that most of her salary was based on box office performance.
Disney quickly hit back at Johannsson’s claims.
“The lawsuit is especially sad and disturbing in its callous disregard for the horrific and long-lasting global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
The statement also revealed astonishingly how much Johansson made from the film: $20 million. Her reported fee for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame was $15 million.
“Disney has fully adhered to Ms. Johansson’s contract,” the company said.
“In addition, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly improved her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.”
Disney has criticized their star Scarlett Johansson, left, for her $50 million Black Widow lawsuit in an extraordinary statement. Disney CEO Bob Chapek is pictured, right?
Disney CEO Bob Chapek, far right, is pictured at the Black Widow premiere with his son Brian Chapek, a producer of the film, pictured third from left, with other Marvel and Disney executives
Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson as the cat-suit super spy, was available online to Disney+ subscribers for an additional fee of $29.99
It was not immediately clear what Johansson’s additional compensation from streaming might be.
Johansson claims the simultaneous release of the film in theaters and on streaming service Disney+ has violated her contract and she has lost more than $50 million, Johansson said. The Wall Street Journal.
The film, starring Johansson as the cat-suit super spy, was available online to Disney+ subscribers for an additional $29.99 fee at the same time as its release in traditional theaters.
The actress filed a lawsuit against Disney in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, claiming she was guaranteed Black Widow an exclusive theatrical release.
“Disney deliberately led Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her agreement with Marvel,” the indictment said.
Johansson is one of the highest paid actresses in the world and has an estimated net worth of around $165 million.
Before Black Widow, her highest paid film to date was Ghost in the Shell in 2017, for which she earned a salary of $17.5 million.
The lawsuit notes that Disney’s stock jumped on July 12 when the company announced Black Widow’s impressive streaming sales on Disney+.
Black Widow took $60 million on the Disney+ streaming platform during its opening weekend alone, the company previously announced in its first roundup of steamy figures for a movie.
The film set a pandemic-era record, grossing $218 million worldwide on its opening weekend earlier this month, including streaming figures, plus $80 million domestic box office and $78 million internationally.
However, the film’s box office performance plummeted after its opening weekend, leading some analysts to question whether the Disney+ streaming release took a bite out of ticket sales.
Black Widow saw box office receipts plummet 67 percent after its opening weekend, and ticket sales currently stand at $319 million worldwide, putting the film on track to become one of the highest-grossing Marvel films of all time.
However, the lawsuit notes that Disney’s shares rose after the company disclosed Black Widow’s impressive streaming sales on Disney+.
Johansson’s lawsuit alleges that Disney wanted to send the public to Disney+, “where it could keep the revenue for itself while growing the number of Disney+ subscribers, a proven way to increase Disney’s stock price.”
“Second, Disney wanted to significantly devalue Ms. Johansson’s deal and thereby enrich itself,” the lawsuit said.
According to the complaint, Johansson’s agents tried to renegotiate her contract after hearing the double release strategy for Black Widow, but Disney and Marvel did not respond.
The suit states that Johansson feared a streaming release as early as 2019 and that Marvel execs assured her that the film would be released in a traditional theater model.
“We understand that if the plan changes, we need to discuss it with you and come to an agreement as the deal is based on a series of (very large) cash register bonuses,” Marvel Chief Counsel Dave Galluzzi told Johansson’s agents in an email. of May 2019 included in the lawsuit.
The suit comes at a pivotal time for the film industry as more major studios experiment with simultaneously releasing movies online and in theaters.
In response to the pandemic, Warner Bros. this year to release its full lineup of movies on HBO Max on the same day they hit theaters.
Parent company AT&T, which is both Warner Bros. if HBO owns, seems happy with the formula and plans to expand it.
Last week, WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar revealed that Warner Bros. will produce 10 films in 2022 that will debut on HBO Max on the same day they release.
Disney has also switched to simultaneous streaming of movies due to the pandemic.