bloodshot vod sales

One of the few good things about not reporting box office numbers at the moment is that we don’t have to see how audiences around America ignore the critically acclaimed, underseen fare in favor of the bad popcorn flick of the month. But it turns out that, even with movie theaters closed around the country, things don’t change much.

Last week, both Bloodshot and Birds of Prey, two comic book movies with wildly different critical receptions, hit digital platforms early amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. But despite the abysmal critical reception to Bloodshot (which sits at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes), and favorable reviews of Birds of Prey (78% on Rotten Tomatoes), Bloodshot came out on top in video-on-demand sales.

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downhill review

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grows and more businesses and movie theaters close, Hollywood studios have been left with nowhere to drop their theatrical releases. While some studios chose to delay their biggest feature films until the worst of the pandemic passes, a few studios decided to break the monotony of everyone’s self-isolation (and help keep a few kids entertained) by releasing their theatrical films on digital platforms early. Most films available to buy digitally about 74 days after they first arrive in theaters, but studios are breaking that tradition by releasing their films on VOD mere weeks after, or even on the same day of, the theatrical debut.

Here is an ongoing list of the films that have been or will be released early.

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How much has Birds of Prey made worldwide now that it’s opened in Japan? Want to see the animated history of every Green Lantern? Want to try out Comixology free for 60 days? When does Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man come to Hulu? What does X-Men star Sophie Turner think of Evangeline Lilly‘s dumb coronavirus stance? What DC Comics movie was supposed to start pre-production next month? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

birds of prey extended preview

Birds of Prey and Bloodshot both hit digital today as studios attempt to figure out how to appeal to folks stuck at home due to the coronavirus. Both of these digital releases are early – especially Bloodshot, which opened in theaters this month – and studios are hoping that movie-goers will shell out some cash to own titles sooner than expected. To better get the word out, Warner Bros. and Sony have both released extended previews for each film, with a 10-minute chunk from the beginning of Birds of Prey, and the full first 8-ish minutes of Bloodshot.

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bloodshot digital release

Less than two weeks after it hit theaters, Vin Diesel‘s Bloodshot is headed to digital. It’s just the latest big title to break the theatrical window in light of the coronavirus (aka COVID-19), which has decimated the movie-going experience due to theater closings across the globe. Diesel’s sci-fi action film will be available for digital purchase starting next week.

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weekend box office bloodshot

Movies can often be a great form of escape during times of crisis. But unfortunately, the crisis we currently find ourselves in – dealing with the coronavirus – has made movie-going difficult. Theaters are cutting capacity, and in some cases, closing entirely. On top of all that, the message that’s being spread far and wide is: social distancing, AKA “Stop going out in public, you dopes.” Which means the weekend box office was…not great. In fact, the weekend saw the box office at a 20-year low.

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Wonder Woman 1984 - Gold Armor Statue

Could Nebula‘s story have more to tell in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? How is the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow crossover with Supernatural explained? Which character had a bunch of fight footage cut from Avengers: Endgame? Want to see the first set photos from Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings? How did Black Widow almost die in Avengers: Endgame? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits right here. Read More »

bloodshot clips

This week, Vin Diesel is back wearing one of his trademark tank-tops in Bloodshot, an action movie that asks: “What if Vin Diesel had robots in his blood?” Two new Bloodshot clips have found their way online, one showcasing Diesel learning all about his new robo-blood from Guy Pearce, and another where Diesel interacts with a swimming Eiza González.

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Avengers Endgame - Time Suit Concept Art

Want to see some alternate designs for the time travel suits in Avengers: Endgame? What upcoming Marvel movie star auditioned for a role in Agents of SHIELD? Who is the new villain coming to Superman comics? Who would have played the villain a New Mutants sequel? What is Bloodshot‘s Rotten Tomatoes score? What did Peter Sarsgaard reveal about his character in The Batman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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bloodshot review

It takes Vin Diesel exactly 8 minutes to put on a white tank-top in Bloodshot. I’m tempted to end this review right here, since that’s probably all you need to know about the film. It’s designed to play to Diesel’s strengths, which are: Looking constipated and/or sleepy, punching things, and wearing tank-tops. By those standards, Bloodshot is a smashing success. By all other standards, though, Bloodshot misses the mark.

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