LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co and actress Scarlett Johansson have resolved their authorized dispute stemming from the discharge of her Marvel superhero film “Black Widow,” the corporate and the performer mentioned collectively on Thursday.
Phrases of the settlement between Disney and Johansson’s Periwinkle Leisure firm weren’t disclosed.
Johansson, 36, sued Disney in July, accusing the leisure big of breaching her contract when the corporate provided the film on its subscription streaming service Disney+ on the identical time the movie was taking part in in theaters.
Her criticism, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court docket, argued that the dual-release technique for “Black Widow” had lowered her compensation, which she mentioned was to be primarily based partially on field workplace receipts from an unique run in cinemas.
Disney had countered on the time that there was “no benefit” to the lawsuit and asserted that the studio had complied with phrases of Johansson’s contract.
The corporate additionally mentioned then that Johansson’s lawsuit demonstrated a “callous disregard” for the dangers to film audiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The dispute was intently watched for potential ramifications in Hollywood as media corporations search to construct their streaming companies by providing premium content material to lure in subscribers.
“Black Widow,” which debuted on July 9 in theaters and for a $30 cost on Disney+, has grossed greater than $378 million in worldwide theater receipts, in line with movie monitoring service Field Workplace Mojo. The characteristic additionally generated about $60 million via streaming purchases in its first 20 days in launch, Disney has mentioned.
Johansson starred as fictional Russian assassin-turned-Avenger superhero, a task she has performed in 9 Marvel movies.
“I am more than happy that we’ve got been in a position to come to a mutual settlement with Scarlett Johansson relating to ‘Black Widow,'” Alan Bergman, content material chairman for Disney Studios, mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.
He mentioned the corporate appeared ahead to working with Johansson on a “variety of upcoming initiatives,” together with beforehand reported plans for her to supply and star in a movie primarily based on Disney’s “Tower of Terror” theme park rides.
Johansson mentioned she, too, was glad to have resolved her variations with the corporate and appeared ahead to additional collaboration.
“I am extremely happy with the work we have finished collectively over time and have significantly loved my inventive relationship with the crew,” her assertion mentioned.
Johansson topped Forbes journal’s checklist of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2018 and 2019, with pre-tax earnings reported to have totaled $56 million from June of 2018 to June of 2019.
Reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Modifying by Steve Gorman and Sandra Maler