Paramount’s China office has announced that it’s pushing the release date of Sonic the Hedgehog due to the coronavirus outbreak with a future date TBD. The Jeff Fowler-directed movie recently clocked past $203M WW this past weekend.
Note, no other Hollywood movies in the PRC have been officially dated or moved in the wake of the coronavirus situation. The country’s exhibition infrastructure remains closed as they look to contain the virus. There’s buzz should the situation improve in the PRC, that Disney’s Mulan could go in May. Recently, MGM cancelled a China April premiere and publicity tour for its upcoming 007 movie No Time to Die.
As far as other impacts by the coronavirus on upcoming movie releases, we also heard that Disney moved Pixar’s Onward off of its initial Korea and Taiwan dates, pushing later into April. Earlier today, Paramount confirmed that the Venice shoot of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 was to halt as Venetian authorities have put a stop to that, plus all public gatherings as the coronavirus situation in Italy becomes more severe.