Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of the Creative Artists Agency, said Disney released Scarlett Johansson's salary in 'an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman'
Tensions between Disney and Scarlett Johansson escalated Friday when the star actress's talent agent said the company released her salary figures for the last two Marvel movies in 'an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman.'
It was a stunning reveal in Disney's press statement responding to the Black Widow star's $50million lawsuit, which Marvel's parent company called 'sad and distressing' and insisted it has 'no merit whatsoever'.
'Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades,' Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of the Creative Artists Agency, said in a statement.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Johansson, 36, filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging that she lost out on more than $50million as a result of the film being released on streaming service Disney+ at the same time as its debut in theaters, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The actress claimed she had been guaranteed that Black Widow would have an exclusive theatrical release, and that the bulk of her salary was based on the box office performance.
'This suit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract,' Lourd said.
'They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation. That’s it, pure and simple.'
DailyMail.com contacted Disney for comment.
Disney has slammed their star Scarlett Johansson (pictured with her husband Colin Jost) for her $50million Black Widow lawsuit in extraordinary statement
Bryan Lourd, Billie Lourd and Bruce Bozzi attend the 'Booksmart' Premiere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 10, 2019 in Austin, Texas
Black Widow took in $60million on the streaming platform Disney+ on the opening weekend alone, the company previously announced in its first breakdown of steaming figures for a movie.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The movie set a pandemic-era record bringing in $218million worldwide over opening weekend earlier this month, including the streaming figures, plus $80million domestic box office and $78million internationally.
However, the movie's box-office performance dropped off sharply after the opening weekend, leading some analysts to question whether the Disney+ streaming release was taking a bite out of ticket sales.
Black Widow saw box office receipts plunge 67 percent after opening weekend, and ticket sales currently stand at $319 million globally, putting the film on track to become one of the lowest-grossing Marvel movies of all time.
Disney ripped Johansson's lawsuit in a statement to DailyMail.com.
'The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,' the company said, adding her $20million fee for this film and $15million fee Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
'Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson's contract,' the company said.
'Furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.'
It was not immediately clear what Johansson's additional compensation from streaming could be.
The lawsuit raises questions over whether other major stars could follow Johansson's lead and launch their own legal attacks over compensation after a year where the pandemic drove many studios to abandon traditional cinema releases.
Johansson, 36, filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging that she lost out on more than $50million as a result of the film being released on streaming service Disney+ at the same time as its debut in theaters. Pictured: Disney CEO Bob Chapek (left) and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige (right)
Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson as the cat-suited superspy, was available online to Disney+ subscribers for an extra fee of $29.99
Johansson claims the movie's simultaneous release in theaters and on streaming service Disney+ breached her contract and that she lost out of more than $50million, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The movie, starring Johansson as the cat-suited superspy, was available online to Disney+ subscribers for an extra fee of $29.99 at the same time as its release in traditional theaters.
The actress filed the lawsuit on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Disney, claiming she had been guaranteed that Black Widow would have an exclusive theatrical release.
'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 said.
Johansson is one of the highest paid actresses in the world and has an estimated net worth of about $165million.
Before Black Widow, her highest-paid film to date was Ghost in the Shell in 2017 for which she earned a reported $17.5million salary.
The lawsuit notes that Disney’s stock jumped on July 12 when