As word that Warner Brothers was grappling with pulling "The Dark Knight Rises" from theaters and the decision not to, now members of the cast are speaking about that horrific shooting at a Colorado movie theater.
Director Christopher Nolan: "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," Nolan said in a statement. "I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie.
Batman himself Christian Bale: "Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” Bale said in a 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.”
Gary Oldman: "My prayers and deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families of this horrific act.," he said to web site TooFab.
Now, even Warner Brothers is not going to release to box office figures until Monday, it was learned, insiders are looking for a weekend take of around $170-$173 million. That is well below the take of "The Avengers," which grabbed a record $207 million. Many will say the shootings, but, the truth may be in the run time of the movie. Since it is 2 hours and 45 minutes, theaters simply cannot show it as many times to grab the cash.