This list has been updated to include new titles.
In light of cinemas across the country being shut down as part of coronavirus-mitigation measures, some major movie studios are moving the titles that were headed for first-run theatrical releases to VOD earlier than planned. Disney paved the way by dropping Frozen 2 onto Disney+ months ahead of schedule. (With schools also shut down and kids at home, why not?) But more studios have followed suit since. Here, the films that are either cutting their exclusive theater runs short and migrating to digital early or are skipping the cinema altogether. Each will be available for either a premium rental price or for digital purchase, unless it’s a Disney+ offering, in which case streaming is included with your subscription.
Available to stream on Disney+.
Disney’s latest Pixar release was made available for digital purchase starting at March and for streaming via Disney+ starting April 3.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Neon sped up the digital drop of its globally heralded romance, making Portrait available for streaming on Hulu on March 27, months before its planned home release.
Emma. was playing in theaters before the COVID-19-related shutdowns, and you can now rent it for $19.99.
The Universal and Blumhouse co-production was supposed to come out last September. Then the release date was moved to March 13, and shortly after that, cinemas went dark. But now you can rent it on VOD for $19.99.
The Invisible Man
Another Universal-Blumhouse release, The Invisible Man made efficient work of its three-week run in theaters by making more than $100 million across the world. It is available now to rent for $19.99.
Birds of Prey
As of March 24, you can make an early digital purchase of Warner Bros.’ bedazzled Harley Quinn movie, Birds of Prey. It is expected to cost $19.99 on major VOD services.
Bloodshot managed a short theatrical appearance beginning on March 13 and will be made available for digital purchasing starting March 24.
The British crime comedy debuted in theaters on January 24 and will be turned around for digital purchase on March 24.
The Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan–starring drama will be available as a VOD rental starting March 24.
The Way Back
After a short theater run beginning on March 6, the new Ben Affleck–coaching-basketball movie will be ready for digital purchase at a price of $19.99 as of March 24.
Bad Boys for Life
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are rushing into your homes via video on demand as of March 31.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic had a great theatrical run, and Paramount is bumping its digital release date to March 31.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
This Sundance award winner started its theatrical run on March 13 and will now be rushed to digital for an April 3 release. It will be available to rent for $19.99.
Trolls World Tour
DreamWorks Animation, which is under the Universal umbrella, will keep the Trolls World Tour original April 10 release date but premiere it on digital instead. Like the other Universal titles, it is expected to be priced at $19.99.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The final chapter in the Skywalker saga was made available for early purchase on March 17, and will start streaming on Disney+ on Star Wars Day.
If your children have just watched Onward and Trolls World Tour far too many times, you can swap in Scoob! starting in mid-May. It will be rentable for $19.99 and available for purchase for $24.99.
The High Note
Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson’s upcoming film The High Note will premiere on premium video on demand at the end of May, appearing to bypass theaters along with several other Universal films.
The King of Staten Island
The Judd Apatow-produced comedy starring Pete Davidson, which is also inspired by the actor’s own life, will now debut on VOD in mid-June.