Marvel actor, Scarlett Johansson, asked for $100 million after Black Widow shifted to Disney+ simultaneous release, reports say. This included a $20 million starting salary and $80 million in what was projected to be the star’s box office net.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, after Disney/Marvel announced that the movie would have a simultaneous release, Johansson’s lawyers came to the movie studio asking for an $80 million payment to make up for the shift to at-home streaming. To come up with the number, Johansson’s team estimated that the movie would have made $1.2 billion at the box office in pre-pandemic times. Johansson would also be paid $20 million as a starting salary for a total of $100 million.
The report also states that $100 million was a “starting point” in the negotiations with Disney/Marvel. However, Disney never made a counteroffer.
In the end, Johansson was indeed paid $20 million for her starring role, according to Disney, which added that the actress stands to make even more from other revenue streams.
Black Widow made $372 million worldwide at the box office