Why is Scarlett Johansson upset with Disney +?
New York (CNN Business) -
New York (CNN Business) -
Disney is releasing more details on "Black Widow's" financial performance as the company pushes for a lawsuit filed by Scarlett Johansson - the film's star - to be arbitrated.
The company revealed in a court filing on Friday that the Marvel superhero movie made more than $ 125 million in streaming and online revenue through Aug. 15.
The film, which went on sale to Disney + subscribers for $ 29.99 as of July 9, has also earned more than $ 367 million at the box office in movie theaters around the world, according to the company.
Disney included these figures in its motion requesting confidential arbitration in New York in lieu of a public trial.
John Berlinski, Johansson's attorney, said in a statement to CNN Business: "Why is Disney so afraid to litigate this case in public?"
"Because he knows that Marvel's promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release 'like his other movies' have a lot to do with ensuring that Disney would not cannibalize box office revenue to increase Disney + subscriptions," he said.
"Yet that is exactly what happened, and we hope to present the overwhelming evidence to prove it."
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Daniel Petrocelli, the Disney and Marvel attorney who filed the filing on Friday, told CNN Business in a statement Monday that "we are simply asking the court to enforce the parties' agreement that requires arbitration of all disputes."
Johansson filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last month alleging that Disney violated his contract by releasing "Black Widow" on Disney + the same day it was released in theaters.
This, according to the lawsuit, reduced Johansson's financial stake in the film because he had agreed that his salary would be based, in large part, on the film's box office.
Disney responded by saying that "there is no merit in this argument."
The study added at the time that the company "fully complied with Ms. Johansson's contract and furthermore, the launch of 'Black Widow' on Disney + with Premier Access has significantly enhanced their ability to earn additional compensation in addition to the US. $ 20 million he has received to date. "
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Disney has been a hotbed of tension in an evolving Hollywood.
The lawsuit comes at a crucial time when the industry is faced with questions about how audiences will consume entertainment in the future and how those who believe it will be compensated.
"Black Widow" grossed $ 80 million at the North American box office in its opening weekend.
That was what the industry expected and it was also a record for the pandemic era.
The film also made $ 60 million globally on Disney + that weekend, according to the studio.
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