Warner Bros., the studio behind “The Dark Knight Rises,” has decided to not report box office figures for the movie until Monday in the wake of the shooting rampage in Colorado at a screening of the film.
A gunman wearing a gas mask and clad in body armor opened fire in a theater packed for a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” around 12:38 a.m. on Friday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 58 others. Police arrested the alleged shooter, James E. Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Denver.
Typically blockbuster films release information on how many millions of dollars a movie has grossed–and any records the project may have broken–every day of the first weekend of release, and sometimes longer.
A few hours ago, Warner Bros. released this statement: “Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday.”
Warner Bros. has released the following statement to E! News:
"Due to the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Bros. Pictures has cancelled the previously scheduled personal appearances by the cast and filmmakers in Mexico and Japan on behalf of The Dark Knight Rises. However, in an effort not to disappoint the dedicated fans of the film, we will proceed with our previously scheduled special screenings for invited guests and promotional winners."
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