After the horrific shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado early Friday morning, Warner Brothers chose to call off its Paris premiere the following evening, and now, out of respect for the families of those killed and injured, they've gone ahead and done the same for both the screenings scheduled to take place tomorrow in Japan and Mexico.
Furthermore, despite reports that the film made over $160 million this weekend - best 2D of all time and third in 3D behind Harry Potter and The Avengers - the studio, along with all the others, decided to withhold the official box-office reports until later in the week.
As Exhibitor Relations senior analyst Jeff Bock explains:
“By not releasing box office numbers this weekend, the studios are attempting to turn the focus away from the accustomed monetary rankings, and instead keep the focus on what’s really important — discussing the tragedy and its aftermath. We can all certainly wait one more day to pontificate on the tabulations.”
Very true. What's important right now is keeping our thoughts with the victims of this senseless violence.
And apparently, Barack Obama feels the same way.
The White House also announced today that the President would be making his way up to Aurora, Colorado this afternoon to visit with the families of those who were injured and killed in the massacre, as well as local officials.
We sincerely hope that he can bring comfort and hope to the devastated community of Aurora as they attempt to make sense of all of this.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to stay with them all.
[Image via WENN.]
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