Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot, which released in theaters just days ago on March 13th, will be available for home viewing next week on March 24th. This unprecedented move comes in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, which has seen cinema audiences plummet, major releases indefinitely postponed and cinema chains shutting until the summer.
Bloodshot has been particularly affected by the pandemic. In what might be a big red flag for future releases, the film made just $3.8 million in its first day, and $9.3 million over its first weekend. That weekend was also the lowest-grossing at the box office since October 1998, with audiences understandably avoiding crowded theaters.
That being said, it’s not like Bloodshot was tracking very well despite the pandemic, with only a 31% Rotten Tomatoes score amongst critics.
Bloodshot isn’t the first major release to jump almost straight to digital download, last week Universal announced the will be releasing “The Invisible Man” and “The Hunt” this Friday for $19.99 each.
Bloodshot will likely follow Universal’s lead and charge $19.99 to see the movie.