Scarlett Johansson has settled her lawsuit with Disney. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. Johansson sued Disney for deciding to release her latest movie “Black Widow” on its streaming service Disney + while the movie was still in theaters.
“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” stated Johansson. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.”
Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman added: “I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”
According to Scarlet Johansson, ScarJo to her fans, Disney promised that the movie would be offered exclusively in movie theaters. This was after the world was forced to wait an extra year for the release of “Black Widow” due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The movie was finally released internationally on July 9.
Black Widow earned $80 million in theaters in its opening weekend and $125 million on streaming overall.
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Black Widow had the lowest turnout for a Marvel movie since 2008 when “The Incredible Hulk” earned $265 million. And this was before the whole Marvel movies universe thing turned into a worldwide phenomenon. To put this into better perspective, the last Marvel movie to be released before the Covid shutdowns was “Spider-Man: Far from Home” in 2019. And that movie grossed $1.3.1 billion around the world.
Scarlett Johansson maintains that the reason for the poor box office for “Black Widow” is the fact that Disney chose to release the movie on its streaming service. Disney + did charge a $30 rental fee for streaming, but this is the equivalent of only about two movie tickets in the U.S. And many people could all get together in one person’s home to watch the movie on a big screen TV with a movie-quality sound system.