Disney Lost Nearly $600 Million in Revenue Due to ‘Black Widow’ Pirating

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Disney Lost Nearly $600 Million in Revenue Due to 'Black Widow' Pirating

Marvel movies and shows have dominated torrenting sites throughout 2021, and now a report from Deadline claims Marvel Studios’ Black Widow may have lost nearly double its global box office earnings due to pirated downloads. The report claims Black Widow was downloaded a whopping 20+ Million viewers, which in standard ticket pricing means Disney and Marvel Studios lost out on roughly $600 Million in revenue for the film.

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To date, Black Widow has amassed $379.6 Million globally at the box office during its theatrical run and was one of the most successful movie released in 2021. Overall, Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home account for 30% of box office earnings in 2021 so it doesn’t come as a surprise that viewers who may not have had access to theaters or live in countries that were not permitted to feature the film throughout the pandemic were keen on watching the new installments of the MCU.

Related: Live-Action Marvel Disney+ Shows are the “Most Pirated” Shows of 2021

This news also comes after a data report from BitTorrent shared tha the Marvel Studios shows on Disney+ accounted for 5 of the Top Ten slots for “most pirated” shows or series in 2021. WandaVision was listed as the #1 title, followed closely by fellow Marvel series, Loki which took 2nd place, and rounding out the top 3 is Netflix’s The Witcher series starring Henry Cavill. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier claimed 4th place, while the brand new Hawkeye series quickly shot up to the 5th place spot and finally the hit animated series What If…? now holds 6th place in the top 10 pirated shows of 2021.

Related: Every Marvel Studios Project “In the Works” for Theaters and Disney+ in 2022 and Beyond

Are you surprised to hear that Marvel movies and shows were some of the most pirated titles of 2021? Which upcoming projects are you the most excited for in 2022 and beyond? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Marvel!

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