Scarlett Johansson Files Suit Against Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Steaming Release
American actress, Scarlett Johansson, has filed a lawsuit against Disney, for a breach in contract after the entertainment giant simultaneously released her film ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its theatrical debut.
The suit, filed on Thursday, 29th July 29, 2021, read;
“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”.
According to reports, the actress lawyers, tried to renegotiate her contract with Disney in 2019 after first expressing concerns about the multi-platform release.
John Berlinski, Johansson’s attorney said “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”.
‘Black Widow’ opened strongly with $80 million in ticket sales in North America and $78m internationally.
Disney announced that it made $60 million through premier access rentals in its opening weekend at $30 per rental.
Sources close to the actor project that she lost $50m.
Johansson, was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019.
Her films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide, making her the ninth-highest-grossing box office star of all time