While big movie theaters are closing due to the coronavirus, Disney Pixar is offering one of their newest films to the public from the comfort of their own home earlier than expected.
The company announced in a statement on Thursday that it will be offering its animated film Onward digitally and through Movies Anywhere for $19.99 on Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. ET. The film, which stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, will also be available for streaming on Disney+ on April 3.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” Onward's director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae said in a joint statement.
Onward was released in theaters on March 6 and grossed $62M domestically and $103M globally before theaters began to be shut down due to social distancing.
Earlier this week, Universal Pictures announced it is making some of its movies available for home viewing on the same day as the films’ global release. The initiative, which will include films like Trolls World Tour, is scheduled to debut April 10. According to NBC Universal, it is not only about movies that have yet to be released, but films that are currently playing in theaters (such as The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Emma) will also make the move to on-demand as soon as today.
So, while we can’t necessarily go to the theater anytime soon, we'll still be breaking out the popcorn.