Warner Bros. has announced it will not be releasing the opening weekend box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for 12 people who were shot dead in Colorado at a midnight screening of the film.
The shooter, 24-year-old Ph.D student James Holmes, is reported to have lobbed tear gas grenades into the packed movie theatre before opening fire on the crowd, killing 12 and wounding 58.
In a studio statement, Warner Bros says:
“Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday”.
At the time of the shooting, director Christopher Nolan and the cast were in Paris for a premiere. Once news hit them of the tragedy back in the US, the event was immediately cancelled.