The coronavirus outbreak has forced nearly everyone in the world to slow down and stay at home, even movie theaters. Sweeping closures of businesses around the country have not only seen more people being laid off unexpectedly, but more people working from home than ever before. The economy is moving online, and streaming companies and entertainment giants are having to make major adjustments overnight to accommodate the massive change in consumer culture in a short period of time.
Movie theaters around the country are closed, and box office numbers have taken a major hit in recent weeks with more and more consumers favoring at-home media over going out to public theaters where contraction of COVID-19 is a possibility. In lieu of having to take the hit on lost profit in the box office, entertainment conglomerates like Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and many more are opting to release their films to On Demand and streaming platforms.
Some, like Disney’s Frozen II, have already been released to Disney+ early as the company recognizes how many millions of people are stuck at home looking for new movies to watch. Here is every movie being released on demand early over the COVID-19 outbreak after being removed from movie theaters:
Birds of Prey
Margot Robbie stars once again as Harley Quinn in this debatably feminist spinoff of Suicide Squad. The film will be available for rent or purchase on platforms like iTunes, Amazon, and more beginning on March 24th.
Bloodshot was released on March 13th just as the COVID-19 outbreak fully began to take off in the United States. As a result, the film was made available for rent or purchase almost instantly after it was released in theaters to help alleviate some of the lost profits in the box office on opening weekend.
Inspired by a Jane Austen novel of the same name, Universal Pictures’ Emma is being touted as one of the most gorgeous films of the year. The period piece stars Anya Taylor-Joy and has already been released to on-demand services on platforms like Comcast and Spectrum for rent.
Disney’s Frozen II was originally in theaters over the holiday season, but Disney rushed its release to its streaming platform Disney+ so that parents would have something to entertain their kids with during the first couple of days of the great quarantine of 2020.
This controversial film from Universal seems to be doomed to never hit theaters. The original release of The Hunt was shuttered last summer after critics worried that its untimely release just days after the Ohio and Texas mass shootings last summer. Now, the film is available for rent on most on demand services from cable providers like Comcast and Spectrum.
The Invisible Man
Universal and Focus Features will release The Invisible Man on March 20th on many on demand platforms.
Disney/Pixar’s Onward hit theaters a couple of weeks ago and had the lowest opening weekend of all time for any Pixar release—likely due to the virus. Disney decided to rush the film to on demand options for home rental starting on March 20th.
Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan star in this legal drama that Warner Bros. will rush the release of for on demand platforms on March 24th.
Sonic the Hedgehog
The animated film was rushed to digital platforms and will be available on March 31st to rent or own, though it won’t be out on DVD until May 19th.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The epic third installment in the final trilogy of the Skywalker franchise hit on demand platforms early on March 13 as Disney realized that most consumers were hunkering down for the storm ahead.
Trolls World Tour
Parents can stream the latest Trolls sequel from Dreamworks beginning on April 10th as a rental on most on demand platforms.
The Way Back
The latest Ben Affleck film from Warner Bros. is about a man that struggles with alcoholism while teaching basketball at a high school.