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The Dark Knight Rises: Warner Bros won't report film's grosses out of respect for victims

The Dark Knight Rises

Story by Jack Foley

WARNER Bros has decided against reporting the opening weekend earnings for The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and their families.

A statement issued by the distributor late on Friday said: “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.”

At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in the shooting, which is now officially being described as the worst act of violence in a cinema in US history.

Prior to the incident, box office pundits had been keen to see whether Nolan’s final Batman film would break records and beat the likes of The Avengers for three-day opening figures.

But while audiences don’t seem to have been put off by the isolated incident, America – and the world – is in mourning over such a senseless crime.

Tracking puts the film in the $170 million to $180 million range.

But in a gesture of solidarity, both mainstream studios and the independent sector appearing to be working together to ensure that no box office numbers will be reported for any film this weekend. The move would be unprecedented.

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