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How did Black Widow do at box office?

At a cost of $30, “Black Widow” grossing more than $60 million online means roughly two million households bought the film. Disney+ has more than 100 million subscribers. ... Disney also said that “Black Widow” grossed $78 million overseas, bringing its world-wide box office total to $158 million. The Wall Street JournalDisney’s ‘Black Widow’ Tops Box Office, Lifting Prospect of Moviegoing Rebound

Is Black Widow available on Disney plus?

“Black Widow” is now available on Disney Plus as a Premier Access title. ... To stream the film at home, Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an extra $30 Premier Access fee. ipsnews.netHere's Black Widow Streaming Free: How to Watch Marvel's 'Black Widow' Online for Free at Home? – Business

What is Disney plus premier access?

Disney first introduced the Premier Access program, which lets Disney Plus subscribers stream select new movies for $30 the day they debut in theaters, with 2020's Mulan, and Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella were also available on Premier Access when they were released this year. The VergeBlack Widow has been a big hit on Disney Plus

How much did Black Widow make on Disney plus?

It reported that “Black Widow” had earned $60 million on Disney Plus worldwide, in addition to the $158 million it earned at the global box office. VarietyMarvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Made $60 Million on Disney Plus. Is That Good?

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'Black Widow' snags $80 million from its theatrical debut, $60 million from Disney+

CNBC 12 July, 2021 - 10:02am

"Black Widow" has stolen the pandemic-era box office crown.

The latest Marvel film scored $80 million at the domestic box office during its debut, the most of any film released in the wake of the Covid epidemic. Over the weekend around 81% of theaters were open to the public, according to data from Comscore.

Universal's "F9" was the previous record-holder after snaring $70 million over its three-day launch into theaters last month.

Walt Disney also revealed that it garnered more than $60 million globally from sales of the film through Disney+ Premier Access. This is the first time the company has shared information about movie sales earned from its streaming service.

"This is an unprecedented way of reporting opening weekend business for a film, but Disney deserves some credit for detailing what was generated by the actual box office and what was earned from streaming," said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com. "Hopefully this sets a standard for even more transparency across the industry, but it's crucial to keep perspective on the unique circumstances and times we're living in."

In addition, "Black Widow" tallied $78 million from international ticket sales.

"The brand equity that Marvel brings to the table is almost unrivaled and is reflected in the historic box office that the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have generated," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. "Therefore, It should come as no surprise that 'Black Widow' snagged the biggest debut and powered the biggest overall weekend of the pandemic."

For the first time since March 2020, the total domestic box office has collected more than $100 million in ticket sales, according to data from Comscore. At present, that tally stands at $116.9 million.

Heading into the weekend, box office analysts predicted "Black Widow" could capture at least $80 million. Strong advanced ticket sales lead some to believe it could achieve an ever higher haul, even with the film debuting on Disney+ for $30 on the same day.

Previously, Disney has remained silent on how its streaming service's same-day offering impacted the theatrical release of a film. The $60 million it captured on Disney+ shows that this can be a viable option for the brand in the future. However, Disney's next Marvel film "Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings" will only be available in theaters.

"Whether or not the Disney+ earnings should be considered successful is almost impossible to objectively measure right now," Robbins said. "That's not only due to virtually non-existent comparison points, but also the long-term impact regarding the degradation of down-stream ancillary revenues and exacerbated concerns surrounding piracy that remain top of mind for current and future hybrid releases such as this."

It's unclear if Disney will continue to share this streaming data weekly or only provide it on rare occasions to tout strong opening weekend debuts.

"If Disney sticks to theatrically exclusive plans for some or all of its most important movies after this summer, we'll have better clarity on the meaning of these numbers," he added. "If the studio continues to strategize one film at a time in a global market that is still battling the pandemic, though, we'll continue having to contextualize these numbers as one-of-a-kind each time out."

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Scarlett Johansson’s 10 Best Performances, Ranked

Yahoo Entertainment 12 July, 2021 - 10:02am

But the actress’ career is also distinguished by less splashy roles, whether in indie comedies or more softly spoken, serious dramas. In 2020 alone, she netted two Oscar nominations (also her first!), for the films “Jojo Rabbit” and “Marriage Story” in two wildly different roles — one as a German mother who’s secretly anti-Nazi during WWII, and the other as one-half of a thespian couple falling apart across U.S. coasts.

With “Black Widow” now in theaters (and streaming on Disney+), and Johansson taking her final bow as the S.H.I.E.L.D. spy, take a look back at her 10 best roles.

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Black Widow sets pandemic box office record, rakes in $60 million on Disney+

Opening weekend estimates for Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” took a hit after Saturday grosses were lower than expected, but the Scarlett Johansson spy/superhero film still has the largest post-pandemic launch to date at $80 million from 4,160 screens. Just as notable is Disney’s announcement that the Marvel film earned over $60 million worldwide from its Premier Access program, which made “Black Widow” available at home for Disney+ subscribers for $30. This is the first time that Disney has rele

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Opinion | The question about female empowerment at the center of ‘Black Widow’

The Washington Post 12 July, 2021 - 08:00am

First and foremost is Dreykov, a sinister Soviet-era bureaucrat who prides himself on his ability to make use of “the only natural resource the world has too much of: little girls.” Through mind control, forced sterilization, family separation and a brutal training regimen, Dreykov transforms his captives, including Natasha and Yelena, into willowy, balletic expert markswomen and vicious street fighters. They are avatars of hyperfemininity employed to hypermasculine ends.

He’s not alone in thinking beautiful lethality is the highest goal a woman can strive for. When Natasha and Yelena reunite with Alexei, the Soviet superhero known as Red Guardian who posed as their father when they were girls, he’s delighted by their ruthlessness. “Yelena, you went on to be the greatest child assassin the world has ever known!” Alexei crows. “You both have killed so many people. … I couldn’t be more proud of you!”

Some of the best moments in “Black Widow” are scenes in which the characters banter over the absurdities — and vicious cruelties — of this male-defined vision of female superheroism. Yelena mocks Natasha’s signature landing after a jump, which involves her legs akimbo and a well-timed hair flip. When Alexei asks whether Yelena is grumpy because she’s menstruating, she snaps back, “I don’t get my period, dips---. I don’t have a uterus,” a reference to the hysterectomies she and Natasha experienced at Dreykov’s hands.

There’s an irony to this franchise raising questions about what it means for men to dictate what female strength and empowerment look like. Black Widow is the invention of three men, legendary Marvel editor Stan Lee, writer Don Rico and artist Don Heck. And though “Black Widow” is directed, at times with grace and specificity, by Cate Shortland, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is overseen by another man, Kevin Feige.

Feige is not alone in using the power of Hollywood to shape what it means to be a strong woman. Joss Whedon, who also worked in the Marvel franchise, shaped a generation of action heroines with his “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Darren Star helped define single-girl aspirations for sex and romance in his hugely influential adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s “Sex and the City” columns for the New York Observer. Michael Schur’s sitcom “Parks and Recreation” even shaped conversations about female ambition and likability in politics.

That these creators are all men doesn’t disqualify them from having real insights about women’s strength and liberation. But when men are defining what it means to be empowered, it’s always worth taking a careful look at the criteria they’re setting for women, and to discuss whether everyone ought to view freedom and strength on masculine terms.

Of course, ideas about what makes a woman powerful don’t take root without enthusiasm, or at least grudging collaboration, from women. In “Black Widow,” it’s Melina, the Soviet scientist who once posed as Natasha and Yelena’s mother, who develops the mind-control techniques and synthesizes the chemicals that are essential to Dreykov’s program.

Off-screen, women such as “Girlboss” author Sophia Amoruso and “Lean In” advocate Sheryl Sandberg have promoted a vision of female success that — while less toxic than any supervillain’s plot — still looks a lot like an argument for chasing the same opportunities and work-life balance that men have always prioritized. In politics, Republican women such as Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.) seem determined to prove that they can be even more gun-obsessed than their male counterparts.

“Black Widow,” though it casts a gimlet eye and a precisely aimed gun at men who advance a twisted idea of a strong woman, doesn’t exactly end with Natasha, Yelena, Melina and their counterparts swearing off militarism and redefining empowerment on their own terms. After all, there are jets to fly, vengeance to seek and a billion-dollar, multiplatform action franchise to feed.

But even if it’s hard to lean out and abandon, or at least assess, a well-trod path to success, women watching “Black Widow” at home and in theaters would do well to take the pause that Natasha and Yelena can’t. We have choices other than to be assassins, supermoms or girlbosses, if we take the time to define them for ourselves.

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