Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will open wide on December 25, 2024, with the newest Smurfs pic going wide on February 14, 2025, having previously been set to unspool on December 20, 2024.
While the former film will open against James Cameron’s Avatar 3, it’s not yet clear what kind of box-office competition the new Smurfs film has in store.
Based on the beloved video game franchise from Sega, Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchise launched with a 2020 film of the same name, in which a small-town police officer (James Marsden) helped the titular blue hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) contend with Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), an evil genius looking to make him the subject of his experiments. Jeff Fowler directed from a script by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, with the film ultimately grossing over $319.7M worldwide. The sequel hit theaters in the U.S. in April and outdid the gross of the original, at over $400M worldwide.
While multiple Smurfs films, based on the Belgian comics, have been made in recent memory—including The Smurfs (2011), The Smurfs 2 (2013), and Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)—those projects hailed from Sony.