Disney settles Scarlett Johansson after sued the company for $50million in ...

Disney settles Scarlett Johansson after sued the company for $50million in ...
Disney settles Scarlett Johansson after sued the company for $50million in ...

Scarlett Johansson and Disney quickly buried the hatchet over the online release of Black Widow, settling a lawsuit between the star and the studio on Thursday.

Johansson, 36, filed her lawsuit in July 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.

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, but Disney countered that Johansson was paid $20 million for the film regardless.

'I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,' said Johansson in a statement. 'I'm incredibly proud of the work we've done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.'

The Black Widow actress sued Disney in July alleging that the company breached her contract when it offered the movie on streaming at the same it played in theaters

The Black Widow actress sued Disney in July alleging that the company breached her contract when it offered the movie on streaming at the same it played in theaters

Disney and Scarlett Johansson settled out of court after she sued the company for $50 in lost earning after Black Widow was streamed instead of being exclusively in theaters

Disney and Scarlett Johansson settled out of court after she sued the company for $50 in lost earning after Black Widow was streamed instead of being exclusively in theaters

Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman added: 'I'm very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney's Tower of Terror.'

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.   

The movie, starring Johansson as the cat-suited superspy Natasha Romanoff, was available online to Disney+ subscribers for an extra fee of $30 at the same time as its release in traditional theaters.  

To date, Black Widow has earned $379 million at the worldwide box office.  

Disney revealed on July 11 that the film had earned $60 million in purchases via Disney+’s Premier Access paywall.

Until the end of the that month, Johansson had hoped the company would make her an offer but there was no movement and she felt forced to file a suit, according to THR.com.

Johansson's lawsuit claimed that Disney wanted to steer audiences toward Disney+, 'where it could keep the revenues for itself while simultaneously growing the Disney+ subscriber base, a proven way to boost Disney's stock price.

'The company not only increased the value of Disney+, but it also intentionally saved Marvel (and thereby itself) what Marvel itself referred to as ‘very large box office bonuses’ that Marvel otherwise would have been obligated to pay Ms. Johansson,' the suit claimed. 

Johansson's agents tried to renegotiate her contract after learning of the dual-release strategy for Black Widow, but

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