May 24th, 2011
03:33 PM ET
If you’ve got pre-gaming plans for the release of “The Hangover Part II,” don’t cancel them: The movie will head into theaters on Thursday without a hitch.
The movie's opening wasn’t always so crystal clear, however, since the tattoo artist who gave Mike Tyson his memorable face art brought a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for copyright infringement at the end of April. As seen in the trailer for “Hangover Part II,” actor Ed Helms wakes up to find similar ink on his face.
The tattooist was seeking an injunction to halt the release of the highly-anticipated film, but that attempt was unsuccessful. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a judge presiding over the case declined to stop "Hangover II's" release, although the case will move forward.
On Monday, two Warner Bros. execs testified in the federal court hearing, claiming that the injunction would cause “irreparable harm” since the studio’s already dropped $80 million to market the movie. THR reported that same day that "The Hangover Part II" is tracking to bring in more than $100 million at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend.
The judge noted that while an injunction would cause too much stress on the studio and the movie theaters planning to screen the movie this weekend, Whitmill does have “a strong likelihood of succeeding on the merits of this case.”
Warner Bros. said in a statement, "We are very gratified by the Court's decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, 'The Hangover Part II' to be released on schedule this week around the world. Plaintiff's failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted."
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