As Coronavirus Hurts Box Office, Blockbusters Available to Rent and Stream Early

Posted on 17th March, 2020

As Coronavirus Hurts Box Office, Blockbusters Available to Rent and Stream Early

The coronavirus is already affecting most industries and doesn't discriminate as cinemas are already feeling the pinch. Universal has already announced it will now release blockbuster films early on digital platforms.

Some of the films already showing at cinemas, including The Invisible Man, The Hunt, and Emma, along with upcoming releases such as Trolls World Tour will be available to rent from this week, according to reports.

As cinemas see a massive decline in foot traffic, some outlets are reporting the worst box office figures this week for this time of the year since 1995. In response, movie houses are scrambling to deliver content via digital streaming.

Pricing and availability have not been confirmed for Australian and New Zealand as yet, however, in the US it is being reported that blockbusters will be available to rent for USD 20.

Meanwhile, production of other blockbusters including the remake of Disney's Mulan, No Time to Die, and the next Fast and Furious are said to be delayed.

Now might be the time to upgrade your projector to 4K, and your audio to Dolby Atmos, as Australia prepares to batten down the hatches for what could be an extended movie marathon.


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