20th Century Fox has set release dates on several of it's higher-profile films scheduled to be released in 2009, according to Variety.

The studio will kick off summer 2009 with the release of the Hugh Jackman starrer X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1. Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian has been set for May 22 which bumps James Cameron's 3-D Avatar from the Memorial Day frame to December 18. Pushing back the release of Avatar from May to December allows more time to work on the effects and allows more time for additional theaters to install 3-D screens both here and abroad.

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Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios also announced that Fox has decided to produce Ice Age III in digital 3-D for a July 1, 2009 release.