Jungle Cruise earned a third of its opening revenues from Disney Plus – The Verge
August 9, 2021
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by Youpal News Syndication

Disney’s Jungle Cruise debuted in theaters and as a Disney Plus Premier Access title this weekend, and early revenue totals from the entertainment giant show that streaming accounted for a third of the film’s revenues, . Sunday’s Jungle Cruise numbers mark the second time Disney has released figures for a movie offered as part of the Premier Access program, which lets Disney Plus subscribers pay $30 to stream certain films the same day they hit theaters.

Jungle Cruise’s $30 million is half of the earned on Disney Plus over the same period following its early July debut, but Jungle Cruise’s Disney Plus revenue represented a bigger slice of the total revenue pie than streaming did for Black Widow’s: 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 its $218.8 million total. Premier Access was also an option for , , and , but Disney hasn’t shared figures for those movies.

The new numbers also arrive just days after Scarlett Johansson’s major lawsuit against Disney, which alleged that Disney reneged on a promise to release Black Widow exclusively in theaters. The lawsuit is perhaps the biggest pushback yet against the direct-to-streaming model — Dune director Denis Villeneuve blasted WarnerMedia in December after the studio announced it would release all of its 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max, and theaters weren’t a fan of that move, either.

While WarnerMedia has already announced plans to release 10 Warner Bros. films day-and-date in theaters and on streaming services in 2022, Disney hasn’t announced any Premier Access titles that may follow Jungle Cruise.

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