Can Batman Save the Box Office?


One of the most anticipated movies of the summer, “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”, became entangled in the shooting of Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed this morning in an inaugural performance.

The next installment of the superhero hopes to raise more than his predecessor during the first three days of release. The Dark Knight turnover of 158.4 million dollars, including 18.5 million in midnight features.

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., said the studio plans to issue early Friday box office results of the nearly 3,700 U.S. theaters began showing the film at midnight. The film was distributed in a total of 4,404 theaters across America.

Warner Bros, producer of The Dark Knight Rises, said they are “deeply sorry” for the slaughter that occurred in Colorado. “We extend our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims in this tragic moment,” they said in a statement.

The film industry is in mourning. The premiere of Batman for Friday night was suspended in Paris, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said he shared “the shock and sadness of all members of the film community at the news of this terrible event.”

Cinemark Holdings, which owns the theater chain where the shooting occurred, said he was deeply saddened by the tragedy. “Cinemark is working closely with the Aurora Police Department and local authorities,” the company said.

The National Association of Theatre Owners said that “the safety of customers is and will remain a priority.”

James Holmes, 24 years old, who was identified as the attacker is in custody.



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