Scarlett Johansson and Disney Reach Settlement Over ‘Black Widow’ Pay

LOS ANGELES — Scarlett Johansson and Walt Disney Studios reached a settlement on Thursday in a authorized dispute involving streaming-era compensation for the superhero movie “Black Widow.”

Phrases weren’t disclosed.

“I’m blissful to have resolved our variations,” Ms. Johansson, the title star of the film, mentioned in a press release. “I’m extremely pleased with the work we’ve carried out collectively over time and have vastly loved my inventive relationship with the workforce. I stay up for persevering with our collaboration in years to come back.”

Alan Bergman, chairman of Disney Studios Content material, echoed her feedback and added that Disney would transfer ahead with Ms. Johansson “on quite a lot of upcoming tasks.” They embody an journey movie based mostly on Tower of Terror, a preferred experience at Walt Disney World.

Ms. Johansson, who has performed the Marvel character Black Widow in eight blockbuster movies, sued Disney over the summer season for breach of contract. A blistering response from a Disney spokeswoman put Ms. Johansson’s representatives at Artistic Artists Company on struggle footing with the leisure conglomerate. Hollywood lit up with chatter {that a} bevy of different stars had been equally sad with Disney and poised to comply with her to the courts.

In her lawsuit, Ms. Johansson claimed that Disney breached her contract when it launched “Black Widow” concurrently in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming service in early July. The swimsuit mentioned that Disney had promised that “Black Widow” would obtain an unique launch in theaters for about 90 to 120 days and that her compensation — based mostly largely on bonuses tied to ticket gross sales — had been gutted because of the hybrid launch.

Simultaneous availability on Disney+, the place subscribers might watch the movie immediately (and have everlasting entry to it) for a $30 surcharge, “dramatically decreased field workplace income,” Ms. Johansson mentioned within the swimsuit.

Over its first three days in launch, “Black Widow” took in $158 million at theaters worldwide and about $60 million on Disney+ Premier Entry. Complete ticket gross sales now stand at $379 million, the bottom whole for a Marvel Studios launch since 2008, when “The Unbelievable Hulk” collected $265 million, or $341 million in right this moment’s {dollars}. Disney has not given a working whole for Disney+ gross sales of “Black Widow.”

Ms. Johansson would have made tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in field workplace bonuses if “Black Widow” had approached $1 billion in international ticket gross sales; “Captain Marvel” and “Black Panther” each exceeded that threshold in prepandemic launch, so comparable turnout for “Black Widow” was not out of the query.

The Wall Avenue Journal reported this month that Artistic Artists had privately requested Disney to pay Ms. Johansson $80 million — on prime of her base wage of $20 million — to compensate for misplaced bonuses. Disney didn’t reply with a counteroffer, prompting her to sue.

The motion acquired Disney’s consideration and then some. “There isn’t a advantage in any respect to this submitting,” Disney mentioned in a press release in July that went on to forged Ms. Johansson as grasping. “The lawsuit is very unhappy and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and extended international results of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Disney mentioned then.

On Thursday, Mr. Bergman mentioned he was “more than happy” to have “come to a mutual settlement” with Ms. Johansson.

As for the expected torrent of comparable lawsuits from different stars, none have materialized. Not lengthy after Ms. Johansson filed her criticism, Disney privately reached compensation agreements with actresses reminiscent of Emma Stone, whose “Cruella” was distributed in the identical method as “Black Widow.”

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