‘Bloodshot’, ‘Birds of Prey’ Come To VOD Early In The Wake Of The Box Office Shut Down

This is normally the day where I take a look at what’s happening at the box office for the weekend, but that’s not happening. Instead, and for the foreseeable future, I’ll share updates on what’s happening when it comes to movies and release dates, both digital and theatrical.

Bloodshot Comes To VOD: Last weekend Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot arrived in theatres at the worst possible time. The film grossed $9.2 million, but in the interest of getting audiences to put their eyeballs on it, the movie is heading to VOD this coming Tuesday, March 24th. You’ll be able to purchase it for $24.99 or as my friend, Brody the Producer correctly stated, the price of two movie tickets. I’m of the mind that $24.99 is too much and that a slighter price point of $9.99 or $12.99 might have been more reasonable

Birds Of Prey Flies Home Early: During the week, Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan suggested on Twitter that she’d be happy to see her film hit VOD early as well and guess what, that dream is coming true. Like Bloodshot, the critically acclaimed film will be available for purchase for $24.99. Buy it on iTunes and you’ll get some iTunes Extras with it.

Looking To Rent: If you’re looking for some other Hollywood hits to watch at home, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma are all available starting today to rent and watch at home for around $19.99. I’ve got The Hunt on my must-watch list, and right now I’m happy that I won’t have to brave an audience to do so.

Release Dates Postponed: If you were excited to see Disney’s Black Widow, you’re going to have to wait a while. Unsurprisingly, the film has been removed from its May 1st release date and hasn’t been rescheduled. It joins Mulan and The New Mutants in limbo.

As well, Universal and Illumination have also delayed the release of Minions: The Rise of Gru, with Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination saying the following:

“In response to the severity of the situation in France, we are temporarily closing our Illumination Mac Guff studio in Paris. With this decision, we are abiding by the French Government’s guidelines and doing everything possible to slow the spread of the virus as we care for our artists and their families. This means we will be unable to finish MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU in time for our planned global releases in late June and early July.  While we all grapple with the enormity of this crisis, we must put the safety and protection of our employees above all. We look forward to finding a new release date for the return of Gru and the Minions.”

Update: Ben Affleck’s The Way Back also joins the list of films that will be available to purchase for $24.99 beginning this Tuesday.


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