The Walt Disney Company responded to Scarlett Johansson, protagonist of Black Widow, and criticized the actress’s breach of contract lawsuit for showing “a cruel disregard for the horrible and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” it publishes Variety.
In a court filing, Johansson said Disney’s decision to release the Marvel movie to Disney + at the same time as it was in theaters cost it millions of dollars in compensation. Those “bonuses” were tied to hitting box office benchmarks in theaters that were likely Black Widow will not succeed.
“There is no merit in this presentation,” Disney said in a statement, arguing that the company honored Johansson’s contract.
Disney says it fulfilled its contract with the actress, which has already received $ 20 million. Photos Marvel / Disney
The company went on to claim that the star has already received $ 20 million for his work and argued that “… the launch of Black Widow on Disney + with Premier Access has significantly improved his ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $ 20 million he has received to date. “
Disney did not provide any information on whether or not Johansson’s deal was renegotiated so that he could share the income from that streaming rental.
On July 9, Black Widow set a box office record in the pandemic era with $ 80 million in North America. He made an additional $ 78 million overseas and $ 60 million in Disney +. However, ticket sales dropped dramatically in the following weeks and the figure currently stands at $ 319 million globally.
Johansson’s lawyer says Disney premieres films on Disney + “to increase subscribers and boost its share price.”
Since many Marvel movies exceed $ 1 billion at the global box office, Black Widow is on its way to becoming one of the company’s lowest-grossing releases.
“It is no secret that Disney is releasing movies like Black Widow directly on Disney + to increase subscribers and therefore boost the company’s share price, and which hides behind Covid-19 as a pretext to do so, “said John Berlinski, Johansson’s attorney, in a statement to Variety.
“But ignoring the contracts of the artists responsible for the success of their films to promote this myopic strategy violates their rights and we hope to prove it in court. This will surely not be the last case in which Hollywood talent confronts Disney and makes it clear that, regardless of what the company intends, it has a legal obligation to fulfill its contracts, “he said.