All the Films That Will Be Available to Stream Early as Theaters Shut Due to Coronavirus
This week marks the first full week of social distancing in many countries around the world. That means public places like bars, restaurants, and movie theaters are really feeling the impacts of the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic right now. It's unsurprising that we're all turning to our favorite streaming services to provide entertainment, comfort, and joy. Now, the film industry is doing the same, with NBCUniversal's Universal Pictures announcing that its current slate of cinematic releases will be available to stream on demand by Friday.
Deadline reported on Tuesday that movies such as Blumhouse's The Invisible Man and The Hunt and Focus Features' Emma will be made available as soon as Friday for a 48-hour rental that will probably cost $19.99 each. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated Universal Trolls sequel, Trolls World Tour, will be released to cinemas on the same day as online, on April 10.
Warner Bros. has also followed suit, announcing Margot Robbie's Suicide Squad spinoff, Birds of Prey — which is still playing in some theaters — will be available to stream on services such as Amazon and iTunes as soon as April. Keep on reading to see all the new release movies that will be available on-demand early — we'll keep adding to this list as more news is released.
Bloodshot will be available to stream on demand from March 24.
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man will be available to rent on demand as early as Friday, March 20.
Fans will be able to rent Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus's comedy online starting March 27.
Just Mercy will be available to rent on March 17, then available through Video on Demand services on March 24.
I Still Believe
The romance film based on the true story of Christian music megastar Jeremy Camp will be made available for digital purchase on March 27.
The Hunt will be available to rent on demand as early as Friday, March 20.
Call of the Wild
The Harrison Ford-led family film will be available for digital on Friday, March 27, less than three months after its theatrical release.
The Way Back
Ben Affleck's emotional drama following a high school basketball coach who struggles to overcome his past addictions, has a digital release date of March 24. It's less than a month after the film came out in theaters.
Emma will be available to rent on demand as early as Friday, March 20.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Paramount Pictures announced that Sonic the Hedgehog will be available for early digital release on March 31.
Trolls World Tour
Trolls World Tour will be released in theaters and video on demand on April 10.
Birds of Prey
Fans can watch Birds of Prey at home via Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, and Xbox starting on March 24. The VOD release will include bonus features like a gag reel and behind-the-scenes featurette. The film will then hit Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles on April 7.
Disney and Pixar's Onward will be available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere beginning on Friday, March 20. It will then be available for streaming on Disney+ on April 3.
Bad Boys For Life
Sony Pictures is letting our favorite bad boys come home a little earlier than planned. The hit sequel, Bad Boys For Life will be available for digital purchase on March 31 before dropping on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 21.
The Gentlemen will be dropping on VOD home release on March 24.