Walt Disney Co. and actor Scarlett Johansson said Thursday they have jointly resolved a legal dispute over the release of her Marvel superhero movie Black Widow.
The settlement terms between Disney and Johansson’s Periwinkle Entertainment Company were not disclosed. Johansson, 36, filed a lawsuit against Disney in July, alleging that the entertainment giant violated his contract while the company was offering the film on its subscription streaming service Disney +.
Her complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that the dual-release strategy for Black Widow reduced her compensation, which she said was based on box office receipts from an exclusive run at Cinemas.
Disney responded that it had no right to sue at the time and insisted that the studio comply with Johansson’s contract terms. The company said at the time that the Johansson lawsuit during the COVID-19 epidemic demonstrated “gross negligence” about the dangers to moviegoers.
The controversy is being scrutinized for possible consequences in Hollywood as media companies seek to streamline their streaming services by offering premium content to attract subscribers.
Launched on July 9 in theaters and on Disney + for a $ 30 charge, Black Widow has grossed over $ 378 million in theater receipts worldwide, according to the Film Tracking Service box office mojo. Disney said the feature grossed about $ 60 million through streaming purchases in the first 20 days of its release.
Johansson starred as the Avenger superhero who turned out to be a fictional Russian assassin, and she starred in nine Marvel films. “I’m very happy to have reached a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow,” Alan Bergman, Content Chairman for Disney Studios, said in a statement Thursday.
He said the company is looking forward to working with Johansson on a “number of upcoming projects”, including previously reported plans to build and star in a film based on the Disney Tower of Terror theme park rides.
Johansson said he was happy to have resolved his differences with the company and was looking forward to further cooperation. “I am very proud of the work we have done together over the years and really enjoyed my creative relationship with the team,” she said in a statement.
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In 2018 and 2019, Johansson topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the highest paid actresses in the world, with pre-tax revenues totaling $ 56 million from June 2018 to June 2019.