‘Shang-Chi’ is being pirated less than ‘Black Widow’ so far and it could be a big win for movie theaters

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  • Early data shows that “Shang-Chi” isn’t being pirated as much as other Disney movies this year.
  • “Shang-Chi” is only in theaters, while “Black Widow” and “Jungle Cruise” also streamed on Disney+.
  • “Shang-Chi” could have a stronger hold at the box office in its second weekend than “Black Widow.”
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Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” dominated the box office over the weekend with $90 million over the four-day holiday.

It’s a welcome piece of news for theater owners who have insisted that the strategy of releasing a movie simultaneously to theaters and streaming is hurting their industry. “Shang-Chi,” unlike previous Disney releases during the pandemic like “Black Widow,” will be exclusive to theaters for at least 45 days.

A major part of the theater owners’ argument is that a simultaneous release increases piracy.

“When a movie is released simultaneously to a streaming service, a pristine copy of that movie is made available day one that it’s in cinemas,” John Fithian, the CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), told Insider during a recent interview.

Data does suggest piracy could have been a complication for streaming releases.

“Black Widow,” another Marvel movie that premiered in theaters and on Disney+ for an additional $30 fee, was the No. 1 most pirated movie for three weeks in a row on the piracy-news website TorrentFreak’s weekly rankings, including the week it debuted.

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“Jungle Cruise,” which Disney released using the same strategy as “Black Widow,” was the third most pirated movie on TorrentFreak’s list the week it premiered, following “F9” (which became available to rent on digital platforms that week), and “Black Widow.” It was the second most pirated movie the following two weeks, topped only by “The Suicide Squad,” which was available to stream on HBO Max while in theaters.

Disney’s animated “Raya and the Last Dragon” also topped the most pirated lists two weeks in a row after it premiered in theaters and on Disney+ in March.

“Shang-Chi,” however, has lagged. It was No. 5 on this week’s TorrentFreak list, which accounted for the week ending on Monday.

Here were the top five:

  1. “Don’t Breathe 2” – became available on video-on-demand platforms on Friday
  2. “The Protégé” – only in theaters
  3. “The Suicide Squad” – was available on HBO Max through Sunday
  4. “Cinderella” – streaming on Amazon Prime Video
  5. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – only in theaters

“Black Widow” earned $80 million domestically in its debut weekend, the most of any movie so far this year for its first three days of release. And Disney said it made $60 million from Disney+ purchases during its first weekend. It’s still the biggest movie at the US box office of the year so far with $182 million (it’s earned $372 million worldwide).

But Fithian thinks “Shang-Chi” will have a stronger hold in its second weekend than “Black Widow,” which dropped 67.9%. It also dropped 41% from its first Friday to Saturday, an unusually steep decline for a Marvel movie.

Fithian said “Black Widow’s” drop “was dramatic because the pirated copies were available in less than 24 hours.”

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Disney files motion to move ‘Black Widow’ suit to closed-door arbitration, calling Scarlett Johansson’s attempts to publicize it ‘gamesmanship’

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Disney filed for arbitration in lawsuit involving Scarlett Johansson, star of Marvel’s ‘Black Widow.’

  • Disney filed a motion Friday to move Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit to arbitration in New York.
  • Disney attorneys said Johansson and her legal team skirted around a 2019 arbitration agreement.
  • Johansson’s attorneys responded that Disney filed the motion due to fear of public litigation.
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Disney struck back against “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson and her attorneys, filing a motion to move the ongoing lawsuit between the two parties into arbitration late Friday night, Variety first reported.

According to the motion viewed by Insider, Disney alleges Periwinkle Entertainment Inc., Johansson’s entertainment company, violated an agreement that all claims regarding and related to Johansson’s work on “Black Widow” would be submitted confidentially to Disney in New York.

“In a futile effort to evade [arbitration] (and generate publicity through a public filing), Periwinkle excluded Marvel as a party to this lawsuit–substituting instead its parent company Disney under contract-interference theories,” Disney attorney Daniel Petrocelli said in the motion.

Petrocelli went on to call the efforts of Johansson and her attorneys to publicize the lawsuit “gamesmanship,” according to the motion.

The motion says that Disney made good on its promise to premiere the picture on “no less than 1,500 screens,” saying that the film ultimately debuted on more than 30,000 screens in July and refuting Johansson’s claims of interference and breach of contract.

“After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration,” John Berlinski, attorney for Scarlett Johansson, told Insider.

Johansson took landmark action earlier this month in publicly suing Disney, the parent company of Marvel Studios that produced “Black Widow.” Johansson claimed in her initial suit that the decision to release the film simultaneously in theaters and on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, breached her contract and compromised her total box-office earnings.

“Black Widow” hauled $158 million in its global box-office opening weekend, excluding streaming earnings. It performed relatively well for a film released during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not nearly hitting Marvel Studios’ pre-pandemic numbers. Johansson’s agents also accused Disney of trying to “weaponize her success” by revealing her earnings for the movie.

“Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?” Berlinski continued, speaking with Insider. “Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalize box office receipts in order to boost Disney+ subscriptions. Yet that is exactly what happened – and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.”

Directors, producers, and actors alike have taken issue publicly with the way streaming giants, like Disney+ and Hbo Max, have capitalized on the pandemic-driven demand fueling so-called streaming wars. Johansson’s suit also paves the way for new studio-talent deals and relationships moving forward.

Berlinksi previously told Insider that the lawsuit won’t be the “last case where Hollywood talent stands up to Disney and makes it clear that, whatever the company may pretend, it has a legal obligation to honor its contracts.”

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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ is no longer exclusive to Disney Plus – for $30 you can buy and stream it on services like Prime Video and Vudu

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Black Widow,” the Marvel film starring longtime Avenger Scarlett Johansson, premiered on July 9 in theaters and on Disney Plus.

Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an extra $30 Premier Access fee to stream the movie while it’s still in theaters. Starting October 6, the film will be available to all Disney Plus members for no added cost. As of August 10, “Black Widow” is also available to purchase for $30 through other streaming providers like Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Google Play.

“Black Widow” takes place before “Avengers: Endgame” and follows Johansson’s titular character as she deals with her past as an assassin for hire. Florence Pugh plays a younger assassin who received the same training as Black Widow, while “Stranger Things” star David Harbour plays a Russian hero named Red Guardian.

Black Widow” is the first Marvel film to be released in theaters since “Spider-Man: Far From Home” debuted in July 2019. Disney originally planned to release the movie during summer 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the premiere for more than a year. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is scheduled for a September 3 theatrical release, and will introduce a new Marvel hero played by Simu Liu.

How to watch ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus

Black Widow” debuted on Disney Plus as a Premier Access title on July 9. In order to unlock the movie to stream at home while it’s still in theaters, Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an extra $30 fee.

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Disney Plus members willing to wait a couple months can enjoy the movie without an extra fee starting October 6. On that date, “Black Widow” will become available to all Disney Plus members at no extra cost.

Disney Plus is priced at $8 a month or $80 per year; to sign up, visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app. If you’re also interested in subscribing to Hulu and ESPN+, you can sign up for a discounted bundle with Disney Plus starting at $14 a month.

Disney Plus supports 4K streaming with Dolby Vision and HDR color support on compatible devices. The Disney Plus app is available on Apple devices, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, Fire TV, and most smart TV brands.

How to watch ‘Black Widow’ without Disney Plus

Though the movie was initially exclusive to Disney Plus, “Black Widow” is now available to buy through a number of popular VOD retailers.

As of August 10, you can pay $30 to buy “Black Widow” on platforms like Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Microsoft, and Google Play. Once purchased, you can stream the film whenever you like for as long as you like.

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The $30 fee is the same price that Disney Plus charges for Premier Access, but no additional subscription is required. If you just want to watch “Black Widow” and aren’t interested in other Disney Plus programs, this is the cheapest option right now.

Starting October 6, however, “Black Widow” will be available to all Disney Plus members without an extra fee. One month of Disney Plus costs $8, so that will be the most affordable way to stream the movie if you can wait.

What else can I watch on Disney Plus?

Along with being home to nearly every movie and show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney Plus has a huge streaming library of additional titles from Disney’s collection. You’ll find Disney’s classic animated films, new Pixar releases, Disney original shows, documentaries from National Geographic, and entire franchises like “Star Wars” and “The Simpsons.”

Original series like “Loki” and “The Mandalorian” have been the most watched shows on TV during their runs on Disney Plus.

For more details, check out our full Disney Plus review here.

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Scarlett Johansson’s “Black Widow” paycheck is tied to box office performance. She’s reportedly suing Disney for releasing it on streaming.

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“Black Widow.”

  • “Black Widow” actress Scarlett Johansson is reportedly suing Disney over the movie’s dual-release.
  • The lawsuit argues that Disney violated her contract by debuting the film online and in theatres.
  • A source said the move cost her up to $50 million since her salary is largely based on box office performance.
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Actress Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney after the company simultaneously released her film “Black Widow” on its Disney+ streaming platform and in theatres, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Johansson argues that Disney violated her contract, potentially bilking her out of significant income, because her salary was largely based on box office performance. A source told the paper the actress could be missing out on an estimated $50 million.

According to the report, Johansson was concerned about the movie being released in part on Disney+. Her representatives contacted Marvel to ensure that the movie would solely be released in theatres. Per the report, Marvel’s chief counsel said they would speak with her if those plans changed.

“Black Widow” raked in $158 million in its global box office opening, while Disney saw $60 million in sales from at-home viewing purchases.

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” reads the lawsuit, according to the WSJ.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Johansson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Case information was not immediately available on the court’s website.

Disney+ and other streaming services took the unprecedented step and debuted movies at the same time online and in theatres in 2020 due to the pandemic. For example, Disney’s live-action Mulan remake saw a dual release, as did “Wonder Woman 1984” And “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” on Warner Bros.’ HBO Max.

But the move prompted backlash from the filmmaking world, including from directors Christopher Nolan and Patty Jenkins, who helmed the “Wonder woman 1984″ project.” Many speculated how traditional filmmaking could be impacted by releasing high-budget, high-quality movies online.

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Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers buy new movies like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Cruella’ while they’re still playing in theaters

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With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Cruella” and “Black Widow” are the latest Premier Access titles, and “Jungle Cruise” will be released on July 30.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

That said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access window typically lasts around three months. After that period, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video.

What movies have been released through Premier Access?

Disney has released four movies via Premier Access on Disney Plus. Two of those titles are now available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee.

Below is a full rundown of Premier Access titles released so far, along with details on when all members can watch them without paying extra.

Premier Access release date When can all Disney Plus subscribers watch?
Mulan September 4, 2020 Now available to all subscribers
Raya and the Last Dragon March 5, 2021 Now available to all subscribers
Cruella May 28, 2021 Available to all subscribers on August 27
Black Widow July 9, 2021 Available to all subscribers on October 6

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

The next Disney movie set for a Premier Access release is “Jungle Cruise.” The film will be available to watch in theaters and on Disney Plus via Premier Access starting July 30.

You can preorder “Jungle Cruise” now for $30. The movie will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee on November 12.

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Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though “Mulan,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” and “Cruella” debuted exclusively as Disney Plus Premier Access titles, their exclusivity periods were only temporary. The movies became available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiered.

“Black Widow” will follow a similar pattern and is now set to become available for purchase on other video-on-demand streaming retailers starting August 10.

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I’m a big Marvel fan and got my money’s worth with ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus Premier Access, but casual viewers are better off waiting

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“Black Widow” premiered on July 9 in theaters and on Disney Plus.

  • Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers stream “Black Widow” at home while it’s in theaters.
  • Premier Access costs $30, but the movie will be available to all members without a fee in October.
  • As a big Marvel fan, I got my money’s worth, but casual viewers are better off waiting.

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Following multiple delays from its original May 2020 release date, Marvel’s “Black Widow” is finally available. Viewers currently have two options to watch the movie: in theaters or at home with Disney Plus Premier Access.

For $30 on top of your Disney Plus subscription, you can unlock “Black Widow” to stream from the comfort of your couch while it’s still playing in theaters. That said, subscribers who are willing to wait, can watch the movie without an extra fee starting October 6.

I bought the movie with Premier Access on release day and it made for a fun movie night-in over the weekend. Though I’m a huge movie buff, I’m still a bit iffy about going to theaters during the pandemic, and I actually prefer the privacy of streaming new films on my big-screen TV.

That said, as entertaining as the movie is, many Disney Plus subscribers will be better off waiting until the wide release to save some cash. Still on the fence? Here’s a full rundown of what we thought of the movie and the overall value of Premier Access.

‘Black Widow’ is an entertaining blockbuster with heart

After seven appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) finally gets her own solo film. It was a long time coming and, as a piece of popcorn entertainment, the movie doesn’t disappoint, even if it does feel a bit disconnected from the larger MCU storyline.

Directed by Cate Shortland, “Black Widow” is an action-packed adventure that primarily takes place between two previously released Marvel movies, “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018). Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, is on the run from the US government. While in hiding, she reconnects with her former spy family to take down a nefarious Russian general and his deadly, mind-controlled assassin army.

It’s this “spy family” that really gives the movie its heart and helps keep audiences invested in the story. Florence Pugh is especially engaging as Natasha’s surrogate sister, Yelena, and David Harbour nearly steals the show as Red Guardian, a past-his-prime Russian super soldier. Their dysfunctional family dynamics lead to plenty of laughs and help ground all the larger-than-life super heroics in some genuine emotion.

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David Harbour as Red Guardian in “Black Widow.”

Of course, those super heroics are a big part of what people pay to see, and the action here is fun, exciting, and well choreographed. Some over-the-top CGI sneaks in every now and then, but the movie’s set pieces take a page from the “Bourne” franchise with visceral fights and chases – but, you know, dialed way up to 11.

Sadly, Natasha herself does get lost a little in all the explosions and new character introductions. Johansson is strong in the role, but considering this is Black Widow’s first and possibly only solo movie, the story lacks real weight on her overall arc. This is compounded by the fact that the film’s story takes place before “Avengers: Endgame” which, as MCU fans know, makes it hard for the movie to really do anything new with the character’s journey.

At the end of the day, this is a fun standalone adventure that shines a spotlight on a character that should have already been highlighted years ago. It’s also an engaging showcase for Florence Pugh’s take on the Black Widow title, set to live on in the MCU for many more appearances. Outside of that new character’s intro, it isn’t essential viewing for the overarching Marvel plotline, but “Black Widow” is a popcorn adventure worth the price of admission.

Should you buy ‘Black Widow’ now or wait?

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“Black Widow” is available to stream at home with Disney Plus Premier Access.

From a pure entertainment standpoint, “Black Widow” is easily worth $30 for most fans of Marvel movies. But, knowing the film will be available to all Disney Plus members without an extra fee in three months makes a full recommendation tricky.

If you’re the type of fan who’s on the fence about going back to theaters but would have otherwise bought a ticket to see “Black Widow” on opening weekend, then Premier Access is for you.

For $30 on top of your Disney Plus subscription, you’re essentially buying a virtual ticket to see the movie from the comfort of your couch as soon as possible. As an added bonus, you can watch it as many times as you like as long as you remain a Disney Plus member. In this context, the $30 asking price isn’t unreasonable, since that’s around the same cost of two adult movie tickets.

It also doesn’t hurt if you’ve got a solid home entertainment setup to really show the movie off. Seeing “Black Widow” on opening weekend in Dolby Vision on a 65-inch 4K TV with surround sound really helped me feel like I got my money’s worth, and I didn’t even miss the movie theater experience at all.

However, if you’re not someone who waits with bated breath for each new Marvel release, then you’re better off holding out for three months until the Premier Access window has expired and “Black Widow” opens up to all Disney Plus members.

The bottom line

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Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”

Black Widow” is a fun and surprisingly sweet entry in the MCU, but it feels more like a standalone side mission than an integral part of the overarching Marvel storyline. It’s still great popcorn entertainment, however, and as a fan of Marvel flicks, I’m happy with my Premier Access purchase.

That said, anyone worried about massive spoilers or missing out on the next big Marvel twist can rest easy about seeing the movie right away. This is a good film, but it’s not an absolute must-see. Casual fans and those on a budget are better off waiting until October 6 to catch the movie when it becomes available to all Disney Plus members.

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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ hits Disney Plus on July 9 and subscribers can preorder it now for $30

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  • Marvel’s “Black Widow” will be released on July 9 in theaters and on Disney Plus via Premier Access.
  • The movie is set before “Avengers: Endgame,” and will introduce a new Black Widow to the MCU.
  • The Premier Access fee is $30; a Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

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Black Widow,” the highly anticipated Marvel film starring longtime Avenger Scarlett Johansson, will premiere on July 9 in theaters and on Disney Plus. To stream the movie while it’s still playing in theaters, Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an extra $30 Premier Access fee.

The film takes place before the events of the latest Marvel films, with Johansson’s titular character dealing with her past as an assassin for hire. Florence Pugh plays a younger assassin who received the same training as Black Widow, while “Stranger Things” star David Harbour plays a Russian hero named Red Guardian.

Black Widow” will be the first Marvel film released in theaters since “Spider-Man: Far From Home” debuted in July 2019. Disney originally planned to release the film during summer 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the premiere for more than a year. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is scheduled for a September 3 theatrical release, and will introduce a new Marvel hero played by Simu Liu.

Tickets for the theatrical release of “Black Widow” are on sale now; you can also pay in advance for Premier Access on Disney Plus.

How to watch ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus

Black Widow” will be available on Disney Plus as a Premier Access title on July 9. Disney Plus subscribers need to pay an additional $30 fee to unlock the movie at home the day it’s released.

Paying for Premier Access will let you watch “Black Widow” as often as you like for as long as you remain a Disney Plus member. You can preorder the film now.

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Disney Plus subscribers willing to wait three months can enjoy the movie without an extra fee starting October 6. On that date, “Black Widow” will become available to all Disney Plus members at no extra cost.

Disney Plus is priced at $8 a month or $80 per year; to sign up, visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app. If you’re also interested in subscribing to Hulu and ESPN+, you can sign up for a discounted bundle with Disney Plus starting at $14 a month.

Disney Plus supports 4K streaming with Dolby Vision and HDR color support on compatible devices. The Disney Plus app is available on Apple devices, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, Fire TV, and most smart TV brands.

What else can I watch on Disney Plus?

Along with being home to nearly every movie and show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney Plus has a huge streaming library of additional titles from Disney’s collection. You’ll find Disney’s classic animated films, new Pixar releases, Disney original shows, documentaries from National Geographic, and entire franchises like “Star Wars” and “The Simpsons.”

Original series like “Loki” and “The Mandalorian” have been the most watched shows on TV during their runs on Disney Plus.

For more details, check out our full Disney Plus review here.

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Emma Stone in “Cruella.”

  • With Premier Access, Disney Plus members can pay $30 to unlock select movies three months early.
  • Cruella” is the latest Premier Access title, and “Black Widow” will be added in July.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

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With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Raya and the Last Dragon” was the second Premier Access title, and “Cruella” is the latest to debut on the streaming service.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

Premier Access debuted with the release of “Mulan” on September 4, 2020. “Raya and the Last Dragon” followed on March 5, 2021, and “Cruella” became the third Premier Access title on May 28, 2021.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

That said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access windows for “Mulan” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” were both three months. “Cruella” is also set to have a three-month window, beginning on May 28 and lasting through August 27.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video. After the 90 days, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus has announced plans to release “Black Widow” and “Jungle Cruise” through Premier Access. Both movies will be available to stream on the same day they’re released in theaters.

“Black Widow” will be available with Premier Access on July 9. “Jungle Cruise” will follow on July 30.

Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though “Mulan” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” debuted exclusively as Disney Plus Premier Access titles, their exclusivity periods were only temporary. Both movies became available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiered.

It’s currently unknown if “Cruella” will remain exclusive to Disney Plus or if it will get a similar expanded release after a limited exclusivity window.

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Emma Stone in “Cruella.”

  • With Premier Access, Disney Plus members can pay $30 to unlock select movies three months early.
  • Cruella” is the next Premier Access title, and “Black Widow” will be added later this summer.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

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With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Raya and the Last Dragon” was the second Premier Access title, and “Cruella” will be the next when it debuts on May 28.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

Premier Access debuted with the release of “Mulan” on September 4, 2020. “Raya and the Last Dragon” then followed on March 5, 2021.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

With that said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies will eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie on Disney Plus, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access window for “Mulan” began on September 4 , 2020, and ran until December 4, 2020. Meanwhile, the Premier Access window for “Raya and the Last Dragon” began on March 5, 2021 and will end on June 4 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video.

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus has announced plans to release “Cruella” and “Black Widow” through Premier Access. Both movies will be available on the same day they are released in theaters.

Cruella” will be available with Premier Access on May 28. “Black Widow” will then follow on July 9.

Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though “Mulan” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” debuted exclusively as Disney Plus Premier Access titles, their exclusivity periods were only temporary. Both movies became available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiered.

It’s currently unknown if “Cruella” will remain exclusive to Disney Plus or if it will get a similar expanded release after a limited exclusivity window.

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