Will blockbuster’s revenue rely more on streaming platform release than cinemas?
In a nod to the power of streaming platforms over cinema, Disney’s Jungle Cruise earned a third of its opening revenues from Disney+ over the weekend
Disney+ let its subscribers pay $30 to stream Jungle Cruise the same day it hit theaters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, early revenue totals from the entertainment giant show that streaming accounted for a third of the film’s revenues.
The film’s Disney+ revenue represented a bigger slice of the total revenue when compared with Black Widow.
Jungle Cruise’s $30 million was about 33 percent of its $91.8 million total, while Black Widow’s $60 million was about 27 percent of $218.8 million total.
Disney hasn’t announced any Premier Access titles that may follow Jungle Cruise.
The new numbers also arrive just days after Scarlett Johansson launched a major lawsuit against the company.
Streaming wars: Scarlett Johansson sues Disney
The star of Marvel’s box office hit “Black Widow”, Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Company over allegations it breached the actor’s contract.
Disney released the movie in cinemas at the same time it launched the film on its streaming service – which Johansson says reduced her compensation.
Like many big stars, Johansson’s total earnings for Black Widow were calculated partly on what the total box office earnings were.
Black Widow made its debut on Disney PLUS and in cinemas on July 9 – and Disney PLUS users had to pay an additional $30 fee to watch the film.
Johansson says Disney wanted to steer audiences towards its platform, “where it could keep the revenues for itself while simultaneously growing the subscriber base… a proven way to boost Disney’s stock price”.
Johansson’s lawyers also believe “Disney wanted to substantially devalue the actor’s agreement and thereby enrich itself”.
The lawsuit is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages when it eventually goes to trial – and it could have lasting impacts in Hollywood as streaming services continue to find inventive ways to build their user base.
Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood
Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media
Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?
Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.
These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.
They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.
Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death
Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.
The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.
The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.
“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.
Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.
Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.
Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.
Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help
Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology
‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.
Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.
He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.
Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”
The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.
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