Scarlett Johansson’s Lawsuit Facts to Disney, Makes Cinema a Loss

For fans of the Marvel Universe, you must have been waiting for the screening of the film ‘Black Widow’ starring Scarlett Johansson, right? Moreover, the character of Black Widow or Natasha Romanoff is indeed quite a favorite by most people. It is not surprising that they are looking forward to a special film that discusses the background of Natasha, who was previously told to die to get the “soul stone” in the movie ‘Avengers: End Game’.

However, apparently, the screening of the film ‘Black Widow’ which was carried out since July 9, 2021 yesterday did not go smoothly as planned. Moreover, Scarlett Johansson is now involved in a heated feud with the Walt Disney Company and the tail is to register a lawsuit in court. Here are some facts about Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit to Disney:
1. Scarlett Johansson’s Disappointment

On Thursday, July 29, 2021 yesterday, Scarlett Johansson officially registered her lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company, which has been the umbrella for the production of Marvel films on television and the big screen. Johansson alleged that Disney had violated their cooperation contract to the detriment of him.
Based on the contract Johansson signed with Marvel, the royalties that Johansson will get will be based on profits from ticket sales in theaters. To maximize the benefits that will get, Scarlett Johansson emphasized that the film ‘Black Widow’ must be released exclusively in theaters, which are not less than 1,500 screens.
As the party responsible for showing the film, the Walt Disney Company is of course aware of the agreement. But in fact, on the same day ‘Black Widow’ was released in theaters, the film was also shown on the Disney+ paid streaming platform with premier access.

In fact, previous films will usually only be shown on the Disney Plus platform three months after their premiere in theaters. This of course made Scarlett Johansson furious at the conglomerate in the entertainment and media fields and accused him of violating the contract.

2. Disney is considered to be looking for its own profit
As is known, Disney Plus charges an additional subscription fee of USD 30 or IDR 432,000 for anyone who wants to watch the movie ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus at the same time as it is shown in theaters. With such a viewing system in place, Scarlett Johansson accused Disney of deliberately taking this step to lead moviegoers to switch to their streaming service, Disney+ Hotstar.
The character who plays Nastaha Romanoff also criticized that Disney is acting in the name of Covid-19 to seek his own profit and violate the rights of the actors and actresses who have made his films successful. The reason is, the more viewers who switch to the Disney Plus streaming service, the more profit they can get and the less bonuses the actors and actresses get through ticket sales. That’s why Scarlett Johansson is seeking compensation from the Walt Disney Company.

3. Disney Response
In response to these demands, the Walt Disney Company finally opened its voice. According to them, the fact that Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney sounds ridiculous because it is impossible for them to ignore the dire impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, several countries are currently implementing a lockdown system considering the gravity of the spread of this new variant of the Covid-19 virus.

They also claim that Disney has not violated any contracts because the film is still in theaters. In addition, Scarlett Johansson actually gets more benefits because the Walt Disney Company has provided additional compensation of USD 20 million or equivalent to Rp. 288 billion to Scarlett Johansson for the right to release ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus with Premier Access.

4. Film ‘Black Widow’ Revenue
The superhero film ‘Black Widow’ is arguably a huge success. Even though it was released in the midst of a pandemic, the latest film produced by Marvel Studios managed to earn revenue of USD 80 million or around Rp. 1.1 trillion for three days of its premiere. This nominal even beats the profits pocketed by the film ‘Fast & Furious (F9)’ so that the film, starring Scarlett Johansson, managed to occupy the top box office rankings at this time.

Not to mention, the film also received additional revenue thanks to its premiere on the Disney+ application with Premier Access, which amounted to no less than the profit from cinema ticket sales. Watched by millions of viewers internationally, Disney Plus managed to collect a profit of USD 60 million or Rp. 869 billion for the film. In total, the overall global revenue for the film ‘Black Widow’

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