Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney for Breach of Contract Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

“Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against Disney, alleging her contract was breached when the studio released the Marvel movie on Disney Plus and in theaters on the same day.

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” the suit reads.

Disney announced in March that “Black Widow,” among several of its 2021 films, would premiere simultaneously on the studio’s subscription-based streaming service, for a premium $30 price, and on the big screen as the movie theater industry rebounded from COVID-19. On July 9, “Black Widow” opened to $80 million in the U.S. and Canada, setting a COVID-era box office record, and earned an additional $60 million on Disney Plus. With ticket sales currently at $319 million globally, it stands to be one of the lowest-grossing Marvel movies.

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