Scarlett Johansson sued Walt disney Co. for its launch in streaming de “Black Widow”, arguing that this violated her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.

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In a lawsuit filed Thursday morning in the Superior Court of The Angels, the star and executive producer of “Black Widow” he said his contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release. The newspaper The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news.

The potential earnings of Johansson were tied to the box office performance of the film, which the company simultaneously released in theaters and its streaming Disney+, where it can be rented for $ 30.

“In the months leading up to this lawsuit, Ms. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to make amends for their mistake and fulfill Marvel’s promise,” the lawsuit says. “Disney intentionally induced Marvel to breach the Agreement, without justification, to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefits of her deal with Marvel.”

After its premiere was delayed more than a year due to the COVID-19, “Black Widow” It grossed a pandemic record of $ 80 million at the US box office and $ 78 million abroad when it debuted three weeks ago, but gross theaters dropped dramatically after that.

On its second weekend, the National Association of Theater Owners issued a rare statement criticizing the strategy, stating that the simultaneous release only lent itself to losses and higher-quality piracy.

Scarlett Johansson demandó a Disney por Black Widow

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Hybrid releases in cinemas and streaming services, once taboo, have become more common during the pandemic, when each of the major studios adopted their own strategy. This weekend, Disney will do the same with “Jungle Cruise,” and next weekend Warner Bros. big-budget film “The Suicide Squad” will be released in both theaters and on HBO. Max.

Hybrid launch strategies reviewed over the past 16 months have led to occasional public squabbles not only from theater owners, but also from actors, filmmakers, and financiers who are unhappy with the potential loss of revenue and alleged one-sided decision-making. involved.

The WSJ said that Warner Media, for example, paid more than $ 200 million in “modified deals” with talents over its decision to release its entire 2021 film lineup simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

But no dispute has been as public as the demand for Johansson. The actress, who has worked on nine Marvel movies since 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” quickly became a trend on Twitter Thursday after news of the lawsuit broke.

With information from AP Y The Wall Street Journal

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