Here's Every Major Movie Being Released On Demand Instead Of In Theaters

By Emily Lee

March 23, 2020

As movie theaters across the country shut down due to the ongoing global pandemic, new films are being released on demand instead of hitting theaters first. From the latest Pixar adventure to a new Vin Diesel action flick, there's a ton of great options to choose from when scrolling through on demand.

If you're used to catching new releases in theaters, here's what watching a film "on demand" means: a title will be available to rent via your cable TV provider and most of the following streaming services: Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Vudu, Google, YouTube, Fandango, DirecTV, Charter, Dish, Cox, Altice, Sony, Frontier, and Verizon.

Because these films were supposed to premiere on the big screen, their rental prices for at home viewing will be higher than usual—about $20 per film. If you're viewing with the whole family, however, the price is much lower than multiple movie theater tickets.

Here's the full list of every major movie being released on demand instead of in theaters:

Onward

ONWARD

Plot synopsis: "Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him."

When is it available on demand?: March 20th (will begin streaming Disney+ on April 3)

Watch the trailer here.

Birds of Prey

Plot synopsis: "It's open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women -- Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya."

When is it available on demand?: March 24

Watch the trailer here.

Emma.

Plot synopsis: "Following the antics of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who lives in Georgian- and Regency-era England and occupies herself with matchmaking - in sometimes misguided, often meddlesome fashion- in the lives of her friends and family."

When is it available on demand: March 20

Watch the trailer here.

The Invisible Man

Plot synopsis: "After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back."

When is it available on demand: March 20

Watch the trailer here.

The Way Back

Plot synopsis: "A troubled man with a formerly promising career in basketball struggles with alcoholism while coaching the basketball team at his old high school."

When is it available on demand: March 24

Watch the trailer here.

The Hunt

Plot synopsis: "Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are -- or how they got there. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport. But their master plan is about to be derailed when one of the hunted, Crystal, turns the tables on her pursuers."

When is it available on demand: March 20

Watch the trailer here.

The Gentlemen

Plot synopsis: "Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes -- including bribery and blackmail -- from shady characters who want to steal his domain."

When is it available on demand: March 24

Watch the trailer here.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Plot synopsis: "Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound best friend -- a human named Tom Wachowski. They must soon join forces to prevent the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing Sonic and using his powers for world domination."

When is it available on demand: March 31

Watch the trailer here.

I Still Believe

Plot synopsis: "The true story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss."

When is it available on demand: March 27

Watch the trailer here.

Banana Split

Plot synopsis: "After a messy break-up with her high school boyfriend, April strikes up an unexpected friendship with his new girlfriend, Clara."

When is it available on demand?: March 27

Watch the trailer here.

Bloodshot

Plot synopsis: "After he and his wife are murdered, marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine - Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility to get revenge, only to discover that there's more to the conspiracy than he thought."

When is it available on demand?: March 24

Watch the trailer here.

Vivarium

Plot synopsis: "Hoping to find the perfect place to live, a couple travel to a suburban neighborhood in which all the houses look identical. But when they try to leave the labyrinth-like development, each road mysteriously takes them back to where they started."

When is it available on demand?: March 27

Watch the trailer here.

Trolls World Tour

Plot synopsis: "Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music -- funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy andBranch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct."

When is it available on demand?: April 10

Watch the trailer here.

Will you be watching any of these movies while you follow social distancing?

Photo: Universal Pictures/Disney/Saban Films/Paramount Pictures

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