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'Onward,' 'Trolls World Tour' and others skipping theaters and getting early streaming release

By John Clyde, Contributor | Posted - Mar. 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

THE HOME THEATER — You know times are strange when you’re not allowed to go to the movies because real life feels too much like a movie. With theaters being shut down across the United States it’s putting a real damper on the upcoming summer-movie season as movie dates are being pushed backed and others are considering skipping the theater all together.

The upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984,” for example may go straight to streaming instead of hitting theaters on June 5.

Movies are taking a big hit as they seem to be losing money left and right considering people can’t get to theater. Because of that, many movies that are currently in the theater or about to release will be available to watch at home.

Here’s a list of some notable new movies heading to streaming services like Amazon and Apple:

Available now

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

The end of the Skywalker saga wasn’t supposed to be available to purchase digitally until March 17, but due to people being stuck at home Disney decided to release it two days early on March 15.


Another Disney flick you can watch at home is the Pixar animated film "Onward." Just four weeks after its release in theaters Disney has now made the critically-acclaimed film available for purchase for $19.99. If that price seems too steep for you just wait a couple of more weeks, because "Onward" will be on Disney+ starting April 3.


The Jane Austen "Emma" has been adapted yet again and the film made its way into theaters on March 6, but you can now watch it at home. The film boasts an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of over 70%.

"The Hunt"

This movie has been shrouded in controversy and pushed multiple times only to have its ultimate release date to fall in the middle of the COVID-19 madness. The movie is not for everyone, but just one week after its theatrical release it is now available on demand. "The Hunt" is rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout.

"The Invisible Man"

The modern spin on the classic movie monster "The Invisible Man" hit theaters just a few weeks ago to rave reviews. The movie started making a splash at the theater, but has obviously lost steam. You can now watch the film online. "The Invisible Man" is rated R for strong bloody violence and language.


March 24


You won’t be able to see Vin Diesel in the latest "Fast and Furious" movie for another year thanks to coronavirus, but his latest comic book movie "Bloodshot" had a short stint in theaters and will be on demand starting March 24.

"The Way Back"

The latest film from Ben Affleck has a strong 83% critic score and 84 audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is being praised for Affleck’s performance and message. The movie has only been in theaters a couple of weeks, but starting on March 24 it will be streaming. "The Way Back" is rated R for language and some sexual references.

March 27

"I Still Believe"

The faith-based film based on country star Jeremy Camp’s wife’s battle with cancer was released in theaters on March 13 and will be available for streaming on March 27.

April 10

"Trolls World Tour"

The sequel to the popular 2016 animated film "Trolls" was slated to hit theaters on April 10. Now, "Trolls World Tour" will skip the theater entirely and release on demand on the same date.

This won’t be the last of big movies to release online instead of theaters and you can expect to hear more announcements in the coming days and weeks.

John Clyde

About the Author: John Clyde

John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. He also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome, and it just so happens, that these are the three things he writes about. Contact him on Twitter at @johnnypclyde.

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