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Universal to Make Theatrical Releases Available Online While Movie Theaters Are Closed

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Due to growing nationwide precautions being taken surrounding the Coronavirus, many movie theaters are being forced to temporarily suspend operations. In response, alternative options are being made available to the public to ensure we can all get a safe dose of entertainment!

Universal is making the movies Emma, The Hunt, and The Invisible Man all available to stream from major platforms including Amazon, Apple, and OnDemand for just $19.99 each. These movies are expected to be available by March 21st and will offer a 48-hour window to watch them online.

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The Trolls sequel, Trolls World Tour, which is scheduled to premiere on April 10th, will also be made available to rent online in a similar fashion as these other movies.

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  1. J.H.509

    Any idea if Mulan will be available as well??

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We don’t know, yet. As soon as we hear, we will post!

  2. maria

    this is a great idea! cant wait!

  3. Pharmchick

    I kind of like this idea! Except my local theater has $5 tickets and fully reclining seats lol. Hope we can watch the trolls though my kiddos been so excited about it.

    • Chris B

      I’d rather pay $20 than lose theaters all together. They’re doing what they can to help and keep a float in an already struggling industry.

      • rochellemcgee

        Unfortunately, I doubt this does much to support local theaters. It’s my understanding theaters make their money on concessions and very little on the movies themselves.

      • shop4mybabies

        zero dollars of this money will go to your local theaters

  4. todd

    No “A Quiet Place 2”?

    Darn them!!!!

    • Melissa

      I saw John Krasinski post on twitter that they’re going to delay this premiere of Quiet Place 2 until after the crisis has passed.

      • Dkp91576

        Yes Mulan, Quiet Place, James Bond, all delayed openings.

  5. lille

    this is like a nightmare that feels like its never going to end

    • J.H.509

      I totally agree with you. I feel like we’re in a movie. It seems surreal. Everything will be ok though. Just don’t go anywhere unless absolutely necessary. Good luck and God bless to all!!

  6. Kimnell

    So they cost $19.99 each and you are only renting for 48 hours? What the heck, am I reading it correctly?

    • Leslie

      I think they assume that more than one person will be watching. A family of 4 pays 5 dollars to see the movie. Its a pretty good deal.

      • Janee

        I don’t need to see movies the week they are out. I wait a little and take my family of 3 to the cheap theater. No reclining seats but a large decent popcorn with one refill, unlimited drink refills on 2 drinks and 2 adult/1 kids ticket for under $20. Or 19.99 for only 48hrs and I have to make popcorn myself? I’ll keep waiting. I’m sure it’s deal for some though. Especially if you have little ones and want to watch an adult movie without needing a sitter.

    • Heather

      Yes. They are brand new movies – so you’d easily pay more than that to go to a theater if you have 3+ people. Although, I personally would prefer a movie theater, this is a great option during this time.

  7. ATM

    my local theater is $13 per person, about $15 (VIP) if reclining seats however $19 to watch it @ home seems a bit hefty imo.

    • ashley simmers

      But if you have 2-3 kids, that’s easily $40 plus snacks and whatever. In 48 hours you could watch it multiple times for that price instead of just once

  8. ymurray

    Seems reasonable. Being able to watch multiple time for a couple of days. Since I would have to pay over $24 for myself and a grandchild to watch once at theatre. Plus snacks! Thanks Hip2Save!!

  9. Meg

    I’m so happy about this option! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)


  10. Bryant

    The public has been demanding this for years. It is a shame that it took a crisis for them to do this on a large scale but they don’t want to lose money either. Hopefully, the movie studios will learn from this experience that this can be done and they still profit. Those who want to watch first-run films in the theaters will continue to and those who want to pay a premium to watch them at home will.

    • rochellemcgee

      Except the local theaters go out of business…

      • rochellemcgee

        Sorry, posted before I finished… most of my local theaters struggle to stay afloat as it is. They don’t make hardly anything on the movies themselves, but on the concessions. Streaming availability of first run movies would probably put most out of business except in big city locales. And maybe that’s the future, but I still like going to the theater.

  11. mlj211

    I feel like this should always be an option!! I’d love to access new movies at home and not pay a sitter. It ends up costing us $100 for a movie date night. And taking the kids to a movie always results in missing parts for bathroom breaks and fidgeting.

    • Mendy

      I could not agree with you more! We are a family of 5 and I would not hesitate to pay this price and love the fact that we could watch it more than once. It’s crazy out there, and would love to keep some kind of routine to keep the kiddos from worry too much. It’s well worth it IMO. Thank you Hip2Save for all the updates and posts like this.

  12. Wonderjules

    Movie theaters were closed as of today in my state so I think it’s a great idea!

  13. April

    Love this! Thanks for posting.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, April!

  14. Suzanne

    I’m so happy about this!! Thank you for posting! Trolls was going to be my daughters 1st movie experience for her birthday, so I’m glad she will still be able to see it! I’ll happily pay $20 since it would cost at least that to go to the theater and we can watch it 2 days in a row!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome, Suzanne! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  15. shop4mybabies

    I personally do not like this idea, because like other online things, it will put the brick and mortar out of business. i love the movie theater and the experience of taking my kids and laughing and eating popcorn and seeing a film on a big screen is magical.

    • Dkp91576

      I understand but at the same time people are so disrespectful in theaters with kids running around, people scrolling on their fully bright lit phones, or taking calls, getting up four or five times for refills on concessions, really hurts my viewing experience. I tend to wait weeks and weeks to watch big movie releases because I value the big screen and cannot handle the full sold out crowds. I personally don’t move the entire movie and try to eat my noisy snacks during the 30 min of previews. So $20 for my comfy couch, pausing to go to bathroom, eating anything I want? Gladly. At this moment or during a non crisis moment. Small theaters would suffer though and that is unfortunate.

  16. amandacherald

    Any idea if Onward will be included?

    • kathleencassidyzoll

      That’s Disney not Universal but it would be nice to see other companies follow suit.

    • Vrogers

      Onward has been given a Disney+ release date of Friday, April 3 but you can purchase it for $19.99 on various platforms.

      • SamShops

        Onward will be free on Disney+. For less that $7 a month, it may be workth signing up for a month of Disney+!

  17. Sou

    That’s expensive. Might as well wait for the movie to come out on digital to but it. It’s about the same price.

    • SavingsMama

      Yes, the kids will STILL be home by the time they’re released onto cheaper platforms. Hoping the theaters can stay afloat during this bad economic time.

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