Disney Responds to Scarlett Johansson’s Lawsuit, Calls It “Sad and Distressing”

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The Walt Disney Company slammed the actress’s infringement on the contract lawsuit for “flagrant disregard for the horrible and long-term effect of the COVID-19 pandemic” at the Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson.

Johansson alleged in a court filing Thursday that Disney’s choice to transmit the Marvel Film to Disney Plus was costing her millions of dollars in back-end income at the same time in theatres. The bonuses were related to the criteria “Black Widow” could probably not accomplish for the box office. Disney is opposed to fulfilling the terms of Johansson’s spinoff picture for the star.

Disney, in an exceptionally heated statement, claimed, “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The studio went on to say that the actress had already been paid $20 million for her services, and that “the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ with Premier Access has considerably boosted her chance to earn extra pay on top of the $20 million she has already earned.” Disney did not offer details on whether the Pact was renegotiated in order to take part in streaming rental income.

With $80 million in North America on July 9, “Black Widow” set a pandemic-era box office record. It made an extra $78 million in foreign markets and $60 million on Disney Plus. Despite those excellent results, ticket sales dropped precipitously in the following weeks, and the film’s global gross now stands at $319 million. Given that many Marvel films gross more than $1 billion globally, “Black Widow” is on track to be one of the studio’s lowest-grossing films.

As Berlinski, a lawyer for Johansson, points out, Johansson’s lawsuit might have an impact on how movie stars are compensated in the streaming era, and it could inspire a new wave of legal action from celebrities disgruntled that their films aren’t solely released in cinemas.

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