Johansson’s lawyers allege that the simultaneous release of the film on an OTT platform has affected the box office collections of the film, affecting Johansson’s earnings as the actress was supposed to get a share from the box office earnings.
Hollywood’s well-known actress Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney Plus in a US court to release her film Black Widow on the OTT platform with theatres. Scarlett alleges that by releasing the film on the OTT platform, the makers have violated the agreement signed with her. Viewers must have seen the character of Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers. This is the first film made on this character.
As reported by Variety, the lawsuit has been filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Johansson’s lawyers allege that the simultaneous release of the film on the OTT platform has affected the box office collections of the film, affecting Johansson’s earnings, as the actress was supposed to get a share from the box office earnings. .
It has also been said in the suit that when Disney knew that the condition of business in theaters was not good, then why did it lose millions of dollars in box office by releasing the film in theaters at such a time?
It was further said that Disney did this because using the film and Miss Johansson gave them an opportunity to promote their flagship subscription service. The suit also alleges that Disney made no effort to rethink the deal with Johansson before streaming Black Widow on Disney Plus.
Black Widow was scheduled to release last year, but was postponed due to the worldwide Kovid-19 pandemic and was released in theaters on July 9 this year and the film opened to $80 million (Rs 594 crore) in North America. Lee, while overseas added $78 million (Rs 580 crore) in earnings. At the same time, the film got $ 60 million (Rs 446 crore) from Disney Plus. The report said that the film’s ticket sales kept falling in the coming weeks and the film could collect only $319 million (Rs 2372 crore) worldwide.
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Disney announced in March that the film would be available in theaters on Disney Plus for a $30 premium. According to The Wall Street Journal, Scarlett Johansson lost $50 million (Rs 371 crore) in bonuses due to the film’s release on Disney Plus. However, Scarlett Johansson’s allegations have been denied by Disney.
Disney reacted sharply to Scarlett’s suit, saying – there is absolutely no merit in this lawsuit. Given the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is outrageous and appalling. The $ 20 million (Rs 148 crore) that Scarlett Johansson has received so far from the streaming of the film has increased further. Let us tell you, Black Widow is not released in India yet.