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Black Widow helps Disney collect US$125m in online revenue

Disney revealed the amount in a court filing, in response to Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit that alleges that the company breached her contract. 

Black Widow helps Disney collect US$125m in online revenue

This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios' shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Black Widow." (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)

Walt Disney said in a court filing on Friday (Aug 20) that it has garnered US$125 million (S$170 million) in online revenue from the Marvel superhero film Black Widow, three weeks after getting sued by its star Scarlett Johansson.

The actress last month sued Disney alleging that the company breached her contract when it offered the movie on streaming at the same time it played in theatres.

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

Johansson's suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, argued that the dual release strategy of Black Widow had reduced her compensation.

Disney had said there was "no merit" to the lawsuit, adding that online release of the film "significantly enhanced her (Johansson's) ability to earn additional compensation on top of the US$20 million she has received to date”.

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

Source: Reuters/sr