The pic for some time was looked at as a sign of hope by exhibition that if this coronavirus situation eases up, Trolls World Tour would eventually bring us back. Based on a true story of a unit of U.S. soldiers pinned down by hundreds of Taliban insurgents during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Rob Lurie’s gritty war drama was set to debut at SXSW before the festival was canceled due to the growing coronavirus threat. Tom Hanks’s mid-budget World War II drama was supposed to land in theaters June 12 (having already been pushed back from its original May 8 theatrical date), but then Apple swooped in and scooped up the movie for a reported $70 million, outbidding the other big video-streaming players. At this point in time, the theatrical-VOD day-and-date release policy seen here isn’t one set in stone for future titles beyond Trolls World Tour. “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.”. Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal, made the announcement this morning. The latest movies getting the early-to-on-demand treatment: Antebellum and Run, a pair of horror movies starring (respectively) Janelle Monáe and Sarah Paulson. The weekend total was just over $55 million, with Universal’s “The Hunt” accounting for $5.3 million. “Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception. The weekend total was just over $55 million, with Universal’s “The Hunt” accounting for $5.3 million. “Fast & Furious 9,” arguably the studio’s biggest film of the year, is still set for a theatrical release on April 2, 2021, after being delayed a year because of the coronavirus. Dolittle is awaiting for a release in China once that country’s exhibition infrastructure gets back on track following its coronavirus outbreak. Trolls World Tour doesn’t roll out widely offshore until April 20, and in those markets, the sequel will also be available for VOD rental as well as cinemas. 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,” said Shell. Not all of Universal’s films will be getting the early release treatment, though. Those titles that don’t obey that window aren’t booked by the nationwide circuits like AMC, Cinemark and Regal. Expect plenty of jump scares. Emma was limited in its play with sophisticated older adults being the prime demo, and The Hunt arrived in the marketplace already tainted after the Blue State vs. Red State movie was bashed by right-wingers over the summer at the height of public shootings, which forced the pic’s release off its original September date. Sonic saves the world (again), this time thwarting the evil plans of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) with assistance from The Donut Lord (James Marsden). Copyright © 2020 Penske Business Media, LLC. will now land on VOD as a $20 rental on the same day as its canceled theatrical debut. That would make Greyhound (with a screenplay penned by Hanks based on C. S. Forester’s novel) the highest-profile movie yet to jump directly to VOD. primary label, arthouse Focus Features, and Dreamworks Animation, on digital starting Friday, North American weekend box office sales hit a 20-year low, Coronavirus Freezes Consumer-driven US Economy, Testing Retailers, UEFA Postpones Euro 2020 By A Year Due To Coronavirus, Burn calories and exercise instead of burning out while you work from home, This Microsoft Excel Course Will Make You Computer Maven of Your Office, This Real Estate Tool Can Predict the Best Properties to Invest In, Breonna Taylor Protests: Thousands Take The Streets Across US, TikTok Urges Court To Block Trump's Ban On App In US, Alibaba Fintech Arm Eyes Record IPO With Hong Kong-Shanghai Listing, Hurricane Paulette Comes Back As ‘Tropical Zombie Storm’, Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Wants $1,000 Stimulus Checks Every 2 Weeks For 2 Months, Universal Pictures will be making four of its newest theatrical releases available early on digital platforms like Amazon and Sky, "The Hunt," "Emma," and "The Invisible Man" will be released first on March 20, followed by "Trolls World Tour" on its original release date of April 10, "Fast & Furious 9" is still scheduled to release in theaters after being delayed until April 2021 because of the coronavirus.