Every Movie Getting Released Early On-Demand and Streaming


Bored yet? Here is a little relief for you…not to mention for the kids.

Many film studios are releasing their newest movies on VOD or streaming platforms early amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted governments to order theaters and other public places to close, and millions of people to stay at home and practice social distancing.

Universal Studios’ digital offerings include Trolls World Tour and The Hunt.

“Given the rapidly evolving and unprecedented changes to consumers’ daily lives during this difficult time, the company felt that now was the right time to provide this option in the home as well as in theaters,” NBCUniversal said in a statement.

“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said. “Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable. We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible.”

Disney has already released Frozen II on Disney+ and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on VOD. Warner Bros. Pictures’ film The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck, was released in theaters earlier this month and will be made available on VOD next week.

See all the movies being released early on VOD and streaming platforms:

Bloodshot, Vin Diesel

Columbia Pictures

Margot Robbie, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Warner Bros. Pictures

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Universal Pictures

Frozen 2


The Hunt, Movie

Blumhouse Productions / Universal Pictures

KJ Apa, I Still Believe


Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man

Universal Pictures


Disney Pixar

Sonic the Hedgehog

Paramount Pictures

Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Walt Disney Pictures / Lucasfilm

Trolls World Tour

Universal Pictures

The Way Back, Ben Affleck

Warner Bros. Pictures

Meanwhile, many movies’ theatrical release dates have been postponed, some indefinitely, with no information on whether or not the films will be released digitally instead. The list includes Disney’s live-action Mulan reboot, its Marvel films Black Widow and The New Mutants and Fox Searchlight’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, Lionsgate’s horror drama Antebellum—starring Janelle Monáe, Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part IIJohn Krasinski‘s sequel to the hit horror film—and The Lovebirds—starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, plus Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which was supposed to be released in July.

Universal Pictures’ ninth Fast & Furious film F9 will be released on April 2, 2021, nearly a year after it was originally supposed to hit theaters. Sony Pictures is releasing Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway on August 7 instead of April 3. The release date for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer’s To Time to DieDaniel Craig‘s last James Bond movie, was postponed from April 10 to November 25.

(E! and Universal Pictures are part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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