Universal to begin streaming current films Friday

With the global production shutdowns of such major films as The Batman, The Matrix 4, Mission Impossible combined with the closure of movie theaters due to the spread of the COVID-19 , Universal Pictures has decided to make its current theatrical releases available on Home Video earlier than planned.

The studio has announced that The Invisible Man, Emma, and The Hunt are coming to VOD on Friday, March 20, and will cost $19.99 to rent. Meanwhile, Trolls World Tour will be available to watch On-Demand from April 10.

“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said in a statement. “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.”

Warner Bros follows suit – plans to release ‘Birds of Prey,’ ‘The Gentlemen’

Warner Bros.’ Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and STXFilms’ The Gentlemen have both moved up their Digital HD release dates from April to next Tuesday, March 24th. 

Cathy Yan’s Harley Quinn film was one of this year’s biggest box office disappointments as it grossed just over $199.1 million ($84.1M domestic; $115M foreign) on an estimated $100 million production budget, which was well short of its estimated $250M to $300 million break even number.

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Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen was one of this year’s most pleasant surprises, both critically and commercially. The film ultimately earned over $115 million on an estimated $22 million production budget. 

Disney has also made its billion-dollar blockbuster Frozen 2 available to stream on Disney+ last weekend, well ahead of its intended streaming launch date, and have also made Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker available to purchase on all Digital HD platforms.

SOURCE: Comic Book Movie