Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney For Breach Of Contract Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

Hearing about a celebrity, who is worth nearly $200 million, suing a corporation worth billions might elicit an immediate eye roll from the average person. And for good reason. Rich people fighting other rich people doesn’t sound all that important.

But this Scarlett Johansson vs Disney drama is interesting because it could impact how lower level people in the industry are treated as well.

The ‘Black Widow‘ star is suing Disney for not honoring the contract they had in place, specifically the language regarding the release of the film. Johansson’s attorney claims when Disney opted not to debut the film exclusively inside theaters, they breached the contract.

It’s a move they claim depressed ticket sales for the Avengers spinoff. Much of Johansson’s compensation was tied to the box office performance of ‘Black Widow’ — if it hit certain benchmarks, bonuses would kick in.

And that’s the important thing here. Most studios will give directors/actors/writers bonuses when it comes to box office performance, but the language surrounding streaming bonuses hasn’t really advanced yet. Many entertainers are getting screwed when it comes to streaming, while Netflix, Disney, and Amazon take in lots of cash.

Disney announced in March that ‘Black Widow’ would premiere simultaneously on the studio’s subscription-based streaming service, for a premium $30 price, as well as on the big screen. The move was made as the movie theater industry was rebounding from COVID-19 closures and capacity restrictions. Ticket sales steeply declined in subsequent weeks and currently stand at $319 million globally, putting ‘Black Widow’ on track to become one of the lowest-grossing Marvel movies of all time.

So what does Disney have to say about all this? Well, they’re firing back hard and calling the filing “especially sad” and “distressing”

Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Obviously Johansson doesn’t NEED any extra money, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean she should just allow Disney to do whatever the hell they want. This lawsuit could prevent them from doing the same thing to someone else who may not have the money/power to sue.

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Beats ‘Black Widow’ At The Box Office

Space Jam: A New Legacy‘ may have been slammed by critics, but it’s currently celebrating a major victory at the box office.

LeBron James and the animated Looney Tunes crew grabbed the top spot at the box office this past weekend, bringing in $31.6 million in ticket sales. Many predictions had it bringing in around $20 or $25 million, so the $31 million is a nice surprise.

And even more impressive, it beat Marvel’s ‘Black Widow‘ which brought in just $26.3 million during its second weekend inside theaters. It was a major drop for the superhero flick. A 67% decline from its opening weekend, which some are blaming on its Disney+ release.

Movie theaters are not happy with Disney right now. They believe their new release strategy is costing them ticket sales, and you know what? They’re probably right. If users couldn’t rent Black Widow from their couch on Disney+, the second weekend numbers probably would have been much higher inside theaters.

Without a hybrid release, NATO predicts that ‘Black Widow’ would have secured a much larger opening weekend, somewhere north of $92 to $100 million. And while the film soared past the opening weekends of recent releases like ‘A Quiet Place 2’ and ‘F9,’ its ticket sales quickly dropped off. In its sophomore outing, ‘Black Widow’ collected $26 million, a huge 69% decline. Or, as NATO put it, a ‘stunning second weekend collapse in theatrical revenues.’

But at the end of the day, it’s a new world. Studios are trying to figure out how they can make the most money possible, and right now, the method that seems to work best is this hybrid release.

Will they continue with this streaming/theatrical release when (hopefully) things are back to normal in a year or so? Who knows, but you can bet theaters are going to fight against it.

‘Black Widow’ Has Magnificent Opening, Earns $80 Million At The Box Office

Here is your weekly reminder that movie theaters are not dead. Disney/Marvel’s latest superhero flick, Black Widow, debuted inside theaters across the country this past weekend, and it brought in an impressive amount of money.

The movie, which stars Scarlett Johansson, is the first MCU movie to debut in theaters and on Disney Plus at the same time. Some people worried this could hurt the box office numbers, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Black Widow earned $80 million this past weekend, which is by far the biggest box office debut since the pandemic. Additionally, Disney claims it made around $60 million on Disney Plus, where users around the globe can rent the film for $30.

Directed by Cate Shortland, ‘Black Widow’ collected an additional $78 million from 46 international territories, boosting its global box office haul to an impressive $158 million. Combined with Disney Plus numbers, the final weekend figure sits at $215 million. 

That’s not bad at all. And we have to remember that it still hasn’t opened in China. Marvel movies do very well in China, so those numbers should only go up, once they can settle on a release date.

At the end of the day, this was another win for Disney, and a much-needed victory for theaters across the country.

This coming weekend, Space-Jam: A New Legacy will hit theaters. Experts say it should make around $20 to $25 million, which could be a conservative guess. Wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit $30 or $35 million.

Watch The Final Trailer For ‘Black Widow’ Inside

As of right now, Marvel Studios still plans to release ‘Black Widow‘ inside a theater near you come May 1, 2020. The hope being that coronavirus fears have calmed by then.

Today, to get people excited for the release, they released the final trailer.

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) has always referred to The Avengers as her family. But before that she had another one: She was an assassin trained in the Red Room. Now the Red Room has a new leader—Taskmaster—and according to her sister Yelena (Florence Pugh), he’s manipulating its recruits.

As most of you should know by now, I know absolutely nothing about superhero/comic book films, so I have no idea what any of that means.

But Scarlett Johansson is a pretty great actress, and so is Florence Pugh, so that’s cool. I’m sure the movie will be great. I won’t be watching it, but I’m sure it’ll be great.

As mentioned above, it’s set to theaters May 1, 2020. Check out the final trailer below…

Watch Scarlett Johansson In The First Teaser Trailer For ‘Black Widow’

Another Marvel superhero flick is coming your way in 2020, and Scarlett Johansson is set to be the star.

Black Widow‘ is set to hit theaters May 1, 2020. It’ll be the 24th film in the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The trailer shows Natasha, gun drawn, slinking through a dingy apartment in Budapest, Hungary, ready to confront an armed Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), whose equally svelte, butt-kicking pedigree is backed up by a thick Russian accent. (Of course.) A knife and fist battle ensues, with Natasha saying, ‘It’s good to see you, too … sis.’

In addition to Johansson and Pugh, this movie will also star David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

Check out the teaser trailer below…

Scarlett Johansson Will Reportedly Get $15 Million Paycheck For Upcoming ‘Black Widow’ Film

It looks like Scarlett Johansson will finally be making some serious cash in the Marvel franchise. She has appeared in six movies as Black Widow and hasn’t received a HUGE paycheck yet.

But that’s about to change. According to multiple sources, the 33-year-old actress will be receiving a $15 million paycheck for the upcoming stand-alone film centered on her character.

“Marvel typically doesn’t open up its wallet for first outings — Robert Downey Jr. included, as he took home only $500,000 for the first Iron Man. Johansson pulled down a low-seven figure salary for the first Avengers movie in 2012 (compared to Downey’s $50 million) after making her debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2. Still, Chadwick Boseman nabbed a seven-figure paycheck to star in Black Panther ($2 million, according to sources, which well tops Downey’s first showing). “

It’s clear they’re giving her more money because she’s already co-starred in several movies. It’s her time to get a solo feature, and we’re sure she demanded this huge payday.

This is why actors take on these superhero roles. I mean, it certainly can’t be for the ~art~ of it all. It’s not exactly their most challenging roles, at least not mentally. They join these franchises because they know if they do, they’ll most likely be set for life.

And you know what? We can’t really blame them. Get that money, ScarJo!