‘Black Widow’ helps Disney raise $125 million in online revenue

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Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet during Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, February 9, 2020.

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Walt Disney said in a court filing on Friday that it made $125 million in online revenue from the Marvel superhero movie “Black Widow,” three weeks after it was sued by its star Scarlett Johansson.

Last month, the actress sued Disney, alleging the company breached her contract by streaming the film at the same time it was released in theaters.

The entertainment company, in the filing, countered Johansson’s request for a civil trial in Los Angeles by asking that the suit be referred to arbitration in New York.

Johansson’s lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, argued that “Black Widow’s” dual release strategy reduced her compensation.

Disney had said the lawsuit was “unfounded”, adding that the film’s online release “significantly enhanced her (Johansson’s) ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she received at this day”.

The outcome of the lawsuit could have wider ramifications in the entertainment industry as media companies try to grow their streaming services by offering premium programming to attract subscribers.

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