The switch puts "A Thousand Words" head-to-head with Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games." It also puts the movie's release date just less than one month after the Academy Awards, which Murphy is hosting.
"A Thousand Words" is a comedy-drama about a man who learns that he has 1,000 words left to say before he will die.
"The Hunger Games" is based on Suzanne Collins's bestselling young adult novels.
Paramount also moved up the release of "The Devil Inside" from Feb. 24 to Jan. 6.
The movie is about an Italian woman whose mother is accused of murdering three people during an exocrism. The woman investigates and becomes involved in unauthorized exocrisms.
It will go up against another Lionsgate picture — "The Possession," a horror movie.