‘Disney’ sued by Scarlett Johansson after ‘Black Widow's’ streaming release

The Marvel star filed a lawsuit alleging that her contract was breached when Walt Disney released Black Widow on its streaming service Disney+ at the same time it debuted in theaters. "Why would Disney forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in box office receipts by releasing the movie in theaters at a time when it knew the theatrical market was ‘weak,' rather than waiting a few months for that market to recover?" the complaint stated. A Walt Disney spokesperson released a statement saying there is no merit to the filing. "Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson's contract and 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." Marvel's Black Widow is one of many movies that have debuted simultaneously on streaming services and in theaters because of the pandemic. Disney reported that the move tallied $60 million from sales on Disney+ during opening weekend.