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Box office update: No weekend estimates until Monday

There will be no official Dark Knight Rises numbers today.

All major studios in Hollywood are declining to report box office figures this weekend, in light of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. Although some indies are reporting grosses for limited releases, full box office results will not be made public until Monday.

The mutual decision — which mirrors a similar one made yesterday — is the latest effort at sensitivity following the shooting, which left 12 dead and many more injured. Warner Brothers has already canceled premieres of The Dark Knight Rises in France, Japan, and Mexico.

Christian Bale told CBS News, “I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones,” and director Christopher Nolan expressed his “profound sorrow” in a statement.

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Box office update: Studios not releasing numbers today

In light of the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., Hollywood has followed Warner Brothers’ lead and will not be reporting box office numbers today. It is unclear which studios will release weekend grosses tomorrow, though EW has confirmed that at least one of the major ones has plans to do so.

Late on Friday, Warner Brothers 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.”

This morning a rep for Disney said, “Disney will not be reporting box office data at this time in light of the tragedy in Colorado.” A rep for Sony had a similar message: “We’re joining our colleagues at Warner Bros. and not reporting grosses during this period of mourning.”

Going into the weekend, all eyes were on The Dark Knight Rises, which was set to challenge The Avengers‘ box office record. Now official numbers for the film, which earned an “A” CinemaScore grade, will have to wait until Monday.

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Warner Bros. will not report 'The Dark Knight Rises' box office results this weekend 'out of respect for the victims'

Following the tragic shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros. has issued a statement that the studio does not intend to report opening weekend box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises

“Out of respect for the victims and their families,” the statement reads, “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.”

The shooter, James Holmes, opened fire in an Aurora, CO theater during a midnight screening of the film, leaving 12 dead and dozens wounded. Director Christopher Nolan released his own statement today, calling the incident “unbearably savage.” While Warner Bros. will not be announcing the weekend’s figures, other studios will also have them, so it’s doubtful they will remain completely unknown until Monday.

Christopher Nolan on theater shooting: 'I would like to express our profound sorrow'

Christopher Nolan has released a statement following the tragic events in Colorado in the early hours of July 20 — when a gunman opened fire at midnight screening of  The Dark Knight Rises.

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting, but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families,” the director said.

12 audience members were shot and killed, 49 more were injured in the shooting.

Aurora police chief on ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting suspect: ‘We are confident he acted alone’
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'Gangster Squad' trailer pulled over theater-shooting scene ‎

“Hmm, the page you’re looking for can’t be found.”

That’s what it says on the Apple trailers page if you go searching for the Gangster Squad. You’ll find similar disclaimers everywhere you look for it.

A scene of vicious gangland reprisal in the movie is suddenly more jarring and disturbing than originally intended following today’s mass shooting during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado.

That’s why viewers aren’t likely to see that footage again in a trailer — if at all.


Aurora police chief on 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting suspect: 'We are confident he acted alone'

James Eagen Holmes, a 24-year-old neuroscience student dressed in black with a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, and a gas mask and armed with explosives and at least three guns, allegedly entered Theater 9 at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo., and opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and injuring 59 others, according to Aurora’s police chief Dan Oates. At a morning press conference, Oates and other local, state, and federal officials shared what they could about the shooting, which occurred at approximately 12:38 a.m. local time this morning, but the killer’s motive remains elusive. Though they haven’t ruled anything out, law enforcement does not see the work of terrorism in the tragedy. “We are not looking for any other suspects,” said Oates. “We are confident he acted alone.”

Police say Holmes had three weapons on him when he was arrested behind the theater, near his white Honda: an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington shotgun, and a 40-caliber Glock handgun. (Another similar Glock was left inside the crime scene.) READ FULL STORY

Eyewitnesses describe horrific shooting at 'The Dark Knight Rises' screening

“We thought, ‘Special effects! Midnight showing! That’s awesome. What theater does that any more?'”

That was Alex Milano’s first thought when smoke began to flow into his theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. It all happened during a shoot-out scene in the movie, so the loud bangs he heard just seemed like part of the act.

But then it didn’t stop. Bullets came whizzing through the walls and panic replaced the good cheer.

When it was all over, 59 were wounded and at least 12 were dead. Here, the eyewitnesses tell the story for themselves:


Timeline of tragedy: Shooting victims and family members took to Twitter as shooting happened

While posts on Twitter surrounding the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises started with the expected air of excitement around seeing the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, as we now know, things quickly turned to tragedy. The results were captured online.  Media research center Poynter Institute created a collection of Twitter posts on Storify from Aurora detailing the timeline of the events, including posts from victims inside the theater, family members looking for missing relatives, and images from the scene.

The first tweets from the night in Aurora seem pretty normal, starting with posts from victim Jessica Redfield, who joked “Never thought I’d have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with me,” and Juliana who said “It’s gonna be a good night.”  But quickly things devolve into chaos, with posts from witnesses on the scene. “Have just evacuated our theater in Aurora. There was a shooting in our auditorium. I am safe,” writes Zach Eastman. “Everybody please pray for my friend Alex,” says Caitlin. The timeline concludes with posts like “2 friends lost tonight, in tears right now,” from Adam Williams, and close calls like Chayyiel Jackson‘s: “if i was on the other side of the front row id prolly be shot #ThankGod.”

Read the full Storify collection from Poynter of posts from the scene of the shooting in Colorado below:


President Obama on Colorado theater shooting: 'Such evil is senseless'

This morning in Florida, President Barack Obama addressed the Colorado theater shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured. Obama was scheduled to speak about his campaign, but instead paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy:

“[Even] as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this,” he said. “Such violence, such evil is senseless. It’s beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.  The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and fathers; they were husbands and wives; sisters and brothers; sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled.”

Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama also canceled their speaking events today, campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told USA Today .

According to Psaki, affiliates in Colorado have been asked to take down “contrast ads.” The Mitt Romney campaign has also pulled advertising in Colorado, said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. The GOP nominee will address the Colorado incident today at a previously scheduled campaign event. READ FULL STORY

Warner Bros. cancels Paris premiere of 'Dark Knight Rises'; New York theaters on alert

Warner Bros. has canceled tonight’s Paris premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a midnight screening of the film in Aurora, Colorado left as many as 12 dead and dozens injured. The Associated Press, citing anonymous law enforcement sources, has named the suspected shooter as James Holmes, a 24-year-old American.

In New York City, the police is increasing its presence at theaters playing The Dark Knight Rises, according to a statement from police commissioner Ray Kelly. “As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the The Dark Knight Rises is playing in the five boroughs.”

Mayor Bloomberg, who’s advocated some of the strongest gun-control laws in the country, called on President Obama and Mitt Romney to play a more active role in preventing such attacks, during an appearance on this morning’s The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike on WOR Radio. “You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” Bloomberg said. “And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic,’ and you know, we look for was the guy, as you said, maybe trying to recreate Batman. I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop. And instead of the two people — President Obama and Governor Romney — talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how. And this is a real problem.”

The superhero blockbuster opens today in at least 35 theaters in New York City, with showings practically running around the clock. READ FULL STORY

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