It was the facial ink that threatened to cost Warner Brothers many millions of dollars. Now though, a federal judge has ruled that “The Hangover Part II” can be released in theaters worldwide this week as originally planned says The Hollywood Reporter.
A few weeks ago Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, filed an injunction to stop the debut of the comedy sequel because of a copyright infringement and unauthorised use of a tattoo he designed which appears on the face of Ed Helms’ character throughout the movie.
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine D. Perry dropped the injunction, saying stopping the movie’s release would put too much of a hardship on the studio and thousands of theater owners.
She did however say Whitmill has a strong chance of succeeding in his lawsuit, which means the studio will likely have to pay up a considerable amount either in a settlement or eventual trial in coming months.
The film itself is rumored to be heading for a $100+ million opening holiday weekend according to tracking figures, the biggest opening of any film since “Harry Potter” back in November. How much the potential payout could be is unsure. Whitmill reportedly sought $30 million in damages, but with the injunction set aside he’ll likely only get a fraction of that amount.