IF Movie Streaming: When Will It Release Online?

By Richard Nebens Posted:
IF movie poster with Ryan Reynolds and imaginary friend

IF is quickly making its run through theaters, leaving audiences wondering when it will be released online and eventually streaming.

Developed by star actor/director John Krasinski and featuring Ryan Reynolds (amongst a huge cast), IF tells the story of a young girl who can see imaginary friends. Following this realization, she hopes to reunite those friends with the kids they watched over.

IF made its debut in theaters on May 17, allowing Krasinski and Reynolds to help kick off the Summer 2024 movie slate with a family-friendly PG-rated comedy/fantasy adventure.

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When Will IF Be Released Online?

If movie poster

Following IF's release in theaters on May 17, viewers are looking ahead to when the film will be available to rent and purchase online.

With IF being released by Paramount, it is certain to move on to Paramount+ for its eventual streaming destination after it is first released online.

Below are a few of Paramount's most recent theatrical releases along with their online release timeframes and Paramount+ debuts.

These films are comparable to IF as big-budget, family-friendly films:

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves
    • Theatrical: March 31, 2023
    • Digital: April 9 (10 days after theatrical)
    • Streaming: May 16, 2023 (46 days after theatrical)
  • Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
    • Theatrical: June 9, 2023
    • Digital: July 11, 2023 (32 days after theatrical)
    • Streaming: July 25, 2023 (46 days after theatrical)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
    • Theatrical: August 2, 2023
    • Digital: September 1, 2023 (30 days)
    • Streaming: September 19, 2023 (48 days after theatrical)
  • PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie
    • Theatrical: September 29, 2023
    • Digital: October 31 (32 days after theatrical)
    • Streaming: November 14 (46 days after theatrical)

Based on those numbers, IF is almost guaranteed to find its way to online marketplaces between 30 and 32 days after its release. Should that come on a Tuesday, the way most of the previously mentioned movies did, that online release date will be on Tuesday, June 16. 

So, fans should expect IF to be available for purchase on digital storefronts (i.e. YouTube, Fandango at Home, Microsoft Store) by the end of June.

When Will IF Begin Streaming on Paramount+?

Based on the numbers above, Paramount has consistently brought its films' streaming debuts for Paramount+ right around that 46-day mark after first hitting theaters.

Below are a few of the company's biggest films' timeframes for debuting on the streaming platform, which include a couple of big exceptions:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 46 days
  • Scream VI - 50 days
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves - 46 days
  • Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - 46 days
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning - 197 days
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem - 48 days
  • PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie - 46 days

Outside of Scream VI and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Paramount's films consistently begin streaming 46 days after their theatrical premiere dates.

Assuming this also happens for IF, which is most likely, its Paramount+ debut date would be set for July 2.

Considering the new film has only made just over $100 million globally in nine days (per Box Office Mojo), it likely will not have the legs or the popularity to justify extending its run on the big screen.

IF is now playing in theaters.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.