Movies being released early on demand amid coronavirus outbreak

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Hollywood studios are being forced to get creative as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the entertainment industry.

Major motion pictures such as "Black Widow" and "Mulan" have been delayed for a few months, which will certainly backlog the second half of the year as blockbusters compete for a slot on the calendar.

Another solution that's making the rounds in Hollywood is releasing the movies early on home entertainment — meaning they'll be available sooner rather than later for either rental or purchase on services such as iTunes and Amazon. Most rentals and purchases are expected to run around $20.

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Here's a look at the films that are releasing early on demand:

"Frozen II"

"Frozen II" was released in the U.S. on Nov. 22, 2019, which means it was due for a digital release relatively soon anyway, but Disney chose to release the film online a bit earlier than expected.

The film is now available to stream on Disney+ and can be rented or purchased via iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and other popular video-on-demand (VOD) services.

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"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

Another Disney property determined to entertain those in self-isolation, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," was released digitally on March 13, according to Variety.

The science-fiction epic is not available on Disney+ but can be purchased for $19.99 on VOD platforms.

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"Trolls World Tour"

Set to debut digitally the same day it hits theaters (the ones that are open, at least), "Trolls World Tour" will become available on April 10.

The film is the first to debut theatrically and digitally on the same day but could set a precedent for future films as self-isolation suggestions remain in effect.

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"Birds of Prey"

Margot Robbie in a scene from "Birds of Prey." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Margot Robbie in a scene from "Birds of Prey." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

"Birds of Prey" was released to low box office numbers in February, but perhaps viewers will tune in from home.

The female-led anti-hero team-up flick will be available on March 24 on VOD platforms.

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"Bloodshot"

Vin Diesel in 'Bloodshot.'

Vin Diesel in 'Bloodshot.' (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Only a few weeks old, "Bloodshot" will also hit VOD platforms early.

The Vin Diesel film will be available to stream on March 24.

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"The Hunt"

Betty Gilpin in "The Hunt." (Patti Perret/Universal Pictures via AP)

Betty Gilpin in "The Hunt." (Patti Perret/Universal Pictures via AP)

"The Hunt" has had a storied journey to its release.

Now that the film has finally hit theaters, it will also be available on VOD platforms as early as March 20.

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"The Invisible Man"

Elizabeth Moss in 'The Invisible Man.'

Elizabeth Moss in 'The Invisible Man.' (Universal Pictures)

Also already in theaters, "The Invisible Man" stars Elizabeth Moss as a woman convinced she's being hunted by a man no one can see.

The film will be available to stream on March 20 at the earliest.

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"Emma"

The adaptation of Jane Austen's novel will also become available for streaming.

The film will be ready to stream on March 20 at the earliest.

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"I Still Believe"

A faith-based story about a musician, "I Still Believe" will follow suit with its fellow March releases.

The film will be available on VOD services on March 27, according to Variety.

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"Just Mercy"

"Just Mercy," starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, is already available to stream on VOD platforms for $20.

The film is currently only available to purchase but is expected to open up to renters on March 24.

"The Gentlemen"

Matthew McConaughey in "The Gentlemen."

Matthew McConaughey in "The Gentlemen." (STX Entertainment)

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Colin Ferrell, Henry Golding and more, the film will hit VOD services a few weeks earlier than planned.

The flick will be available on March 24.

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"The Way Back"

Ben Affleck in 'The Way Back.'

Ben Affleck in 'The Way Back.' (Warner Bros.)

It was just announced that "The Way Back," starring Ben Affleck as an alcoholic tapped to coach a basketball team will be released early for purchase.

The film will be available on March 24 for $19.99, according to Deadline.

"Onward"

Characters Laurel, voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from left, Ian, voiced by Tom Holland, and Barley, voiced by Chris Pratt, appear in a scene from "Onward." 

Characters Laurel, voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from left, Ian, voiced by Tom Holland, and Barley, voiced by Chris Pratt, appear in a scene from "Onward."  (Disney/Pixar via AP)

"Onward," featuring the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be released digitally on Friday for $20.

On April 3, it will become available to stream on Disney+. The animated film is about two elf brothers on a magical quest to bring their father back.

"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," director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae said in a statement.

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"Sonic the Hedgehog"

Sonic the Hedgehog is voiced by actor Ben Schwartz. 

Sonic the Hedgehog is voiced by actor Ben Schwartz.  (Paramount)

Paramount Pictures announced that "Sonic" will be available early for digital release on March 31.

It made over $300 million dollars at the global box office and has become the highest-grossing video game film in U.S. box office history.

"Bad Boys for Life"

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in 'Bad Boys for Life.'

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in 'Bad Boys for Life.' (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Sony Pictures' "Bad Boys for Life" -- the highest-grossing film of the year so far according to Box Office Mojo -- will be available on demand early.

The film, a follow up to "Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys II" starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, will be available to stream on March 31, according to Variety.

"Call of the Wild"

Disney has chosen to release another movie early for on-demand streaming: "Call of the Wild."

The Harrison Ford vehicle about a dog that's uprooted from his home and taken to Alaska will be available to stream on March 27 for $14.99, per Variety.

"Downhill"

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Downhill.'

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Downhill.' (Searchlight Pictures)

The comedy starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is now also among the films that will make their way to streaming early.

The flick is set to hit on-demand streamers on March 27 for $9.99, according to Variety.