With the closure of AMC, Regal, and other major theater chains, studios have been compelled to release their latest movies on digital earlier than expected. Those would include Paramount, which is releasing its surprise hit, Sonic the Hedgehog, on March 31.
Sony is also releasing Bloodshot this Tuesday (March 24) digitally even though it’s only been in theaters for just over a week. The movie stars Vin Diesel as an enhanced soldier who can regenerate himself after a blood experiment.
“Sony Pictures is firmly committed to theatrical exhibition and we support windowing,” said Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman. “This is a unique and exceedingly rare circumstance where theaters have been required to close nationwide for the greater good and Bloodshot is abruptly unavailable in any medium. Audiences will now have the chance to own Bloodshot right away and see it at home, where we are all spending more time. We are confident that — like other businesses hit hard by the virus — movie theaters will bounce back strongly, and we will be there to support them.”
Yesterday, Disney announced that Pixar’s latest animation, Onward – which hit theaters on March 6 – was already available to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere. It’ll also begin streaming on Disney+ on April 3 in the US.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said Dan Scanlon (Director, Onward) and Kori Rae (Producer, Onward).