Scarlett Johansson Slams “Misogynistic” Disney Response!
For nearly a month now, Scarlett Johansson and The Walt Disney Company have been locked in a legal dispute over the decision for Black Widow to go to both theaters and streaming earlier this summer.
Johansson is suing the company for allegedly breaching their contract with the release of Natasha Romanoff’s first and only solo film. Amidst a heated back-and-forth, we’ve now learned how lucrative Black Widow has been for Disney. More details on Scarlett Johansson Disney lawsuit on flip…
CelebnMovies247.com reports that Disney+ and other streaming services like it are notoriously secretive about how much these at-home releases are making.
In light of Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit, Disney has revealed how much money Black Widow has made in box office dollars and through their streaming service’s Disney+ Premier Access.
According to a motion filed by Disney’s outside lawyers this past Friday:
As of August 15, 2021, the Picture has grossed more than $367 million in worldwide box-office receipts and more than $125 million in streaming and download retail receipts.
That $125 million amounts to well over four million households tuning into Black Widow at home for the $30 fee over the past five weeks it’s been available through Disney+ Premier Access. Overall, Black Widow has made nearly a half billion between theatrical and streaming profits in the COVID-19 era.
It’s not the biggest win of 2021, as that goes to F9: The Fast Saga, which has made $681 million worldwide since its exclusive theatrical May release. Nevertheless, it’s a substantial number for the studio, per Deadline.
Black Widow made during its opening weekend, by adding Disney+ Premier Access’ $55 million to its initial $80 million box office. – That means it made more than many other MCU movies like Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Scarlett Johansson Lawyer John Berlinski Goes on The Attack:
The Oscar nominee’s main lawyer John Berlinski said today after the House of Mouse’s response to Johansson’s scathing profits lawsuit went public:
After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP attorney went on the attack, questioning:
Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?
Berlinski adds, as Disney insists Marvel’s contract with Johansson provides for arbitration exactly in the event of a dispute like this one that erupted on July 29.
Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalize box office receipts in order to boost Disney+ subscriptions. Yet that is exactly what happened – and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.
Meanwhile, Marvel’s next film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, will be released exclusively to theaters on September 3.