Studios Agree to Not Release Box Office Numbers From This Weekend, Plus Christopher Nolan’s Statement.

Following the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado, no studio will release its box office earnings this weekend. A move Steven Panzarella believes is the right one.

After the horrifying events in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, Hollywood has come together and agreed to not release the data from this weekends box office until at the very least Monday. The thought process being that it would be insentive to talk numbers while many mourn the loss of life, after a man opened fire on a packed movie theater at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. A thought process I agree with, it is rare for people in this country to agree on many things. After tragedy it is beautiful how we can all put everything aside and mourn the loss of innocent life as we  cope with the grotesque actions of a mad man. I commend the actions taken by Warner Brothers and the cast and crew after the events, cancelling the film’s Paris premiere and going totally silent about the film following the events in Aurora. The outcrying of support does not stop there, director Christopher Nolan released this statement on Friday.

“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 theater 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.”

No words can describe the events that occurred in Aurora, and my hat comes off to the way people have handled it thus far.

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