Movie Studios to Suspend Weekend Box Office Reporting Following Dark Knight Rises Theater Tragedy
Usually, movie studios take pride in their weekend box office numbers. But this Sunday? Profits aren't going to be made public.
Out of respect for the victims of Friday's horrific Dark Knight Rises massacre, during which gunman James Holmes opened fire on the crowd attending midnight screenings of the Batman reboot, Hollywood's major studios have all agreed to hold off on making their earnings known until Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Sony, Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Lionsgate have all joined Warner Bros.' (the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises), agreeing to withhold reports on how their films fared -- Rentrak, a box-office tracking service, will also remain silent this weekend on how blockbusters performed.
Since tragedy struck Aurora, CO on Friday, Warner Bros. has canceled The Dark Knight Rises' Paris and Japan premieres, and the film's director, Christopher Nolan, and star, Christian Bale, have issued statements about the event.
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale, 38, said in a Saturday statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."