Despite Tragedy, 'The Dark Knight Rises' Box Office Looking Strong - The shooting in Colorado Thursday night does not seem to be keeping lots of people from theaters a few days ago. Children of men Rises earned an estimate $75 million Friday night according to Exhibitor Relations including $30.Six million brought in from midnight screenings. Security was beefed up at many theaters round the country but shows were not canceled.
Accurate box office numbers will be hard to come by a few days ago though as Warner Bros., the studio behind Children of men Rises, has didn't release weekend numbers. Another studios have said they might also hold off on reporting weekend numbers. Rentrak, the company that usually compiles studio box office estimates, has additionally asserted it won’t report numbers a few days ago.
The true financial impact from the tragedy on The Dark Knight Rises likely won’t be felt for a few days. Most of the tickets with this weekend were presales which means that the sales count even when people didn’t show up at theaters.
Director Christopher Nolan released an argument yesterday:
"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 Paris premier from the film was canceled as was all press using the cast and crew. This is actually the second time Warner Bros. has already established to cope with tragedy around a Batman movie. Actor Heath Ledger died a couple of months prior to the Dark Knight was released in 2008. The actor won a posthumous Oscar for his work on The Joker.