Scarlett Johansson’s agent slams Disney for lawsuit response
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Bryan Lourd, who’s co-chair of expertise company big CAA, additionally steered Disney was not taking part in honest by publicly revealing Johansson’s $20 million wage for the Marvel Leisure film. That determine had not beforehand been shared publicly.
Lourd mentioned Disney’s response to Johansson’s lawsuit was “an try to make her look like somebody they and I do know she is not.”
Disney’s remark got here hours after the “Black Widow” star filed a lawsuit towards the corporate Thursday, claiming it had breached her contract when it launched the movie on its streaming service Disney+ on the similar time it debuted in theaters.
“There isn’t any benefit in anyway to this submitting,” Disney mentioned. “The lawsuit is particularly unhappy and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and extended international results of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Johansson, like many Marvel veterans together with Robert Downey Jr., negotiated to have a proportion of box-office receipts tacked on to her wage. This has change into more and more frequent with Marvel Cinematic Universe movies due to their theatrical observe document.
The Academy Award-nominated actress has starred as Natasha Romanoff in eight Marvel movies, which have collectively grossed greater than $10.5 billion in international box-office receipts within the final decade.
Solely eight of Marvel’s 24 theatrical releases have grossed lower than $700 million globally. And solely three have secured lower than $400 million. On common, these franchise movies garner almost $1 billion globally over the course of their theatrical runs.
To this point, “Black Widow” has tallied $150 million throughout its first three weeks in theaters and just a little greater than $300 million globally. Its $80 million home opening weekend stays the best opening determine of any movie launched after March 2020, when many Covid pandemic restrictions hit.
The streaming launch of the movie ate into box-office income, although Disney reported “Black Widow” scored $60 million from gross sales on Disney+ throughout its opening weekend. The corporate has not shared extra details about the movie’s digital efficiency. Leisure specialists have additionally blamed rampant piracy of the movie for its regular drop in efficiency for the reason that launch.
Whereas Disney’s resolution to place “Black Widow” on Disney+ and in theaters on the identical day and date was a strategic transfer based mostly on pandemic pressures, it’s projected to have price Johansson greater than $50 million, The Wall Road Journal reported Thursday.
Johansson’s lawsuit claims the actress tried to renegotiate with Disney after she found the movie wouldn’t be launched completely in theaters, however the studio didn’t reply.
Representatives from Disney didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.