Due to the terrible shooting tragedy that occurred in Aurora, Colorado at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. is discussing whether or not they want to cancel screenings of the film across the country.
According to The Wrap, executives from the studio are struggling with whether or not they should change up their roll-out plans for the The Dark Knight Rises. An executive told them "that Warner was watching the situation and still considering whether to take further measures beyond cancelling the Paris premiere, including cancelling screenings at theater chains." They will be making decisions on the matter on Friday and over the weekend.
This is Warner Bros. biggest movie release of the year, and was expected to bring in between $170 million and $195 million on opening weekend. That would make it the best U.S. opening ever for a non-3D movie.
The studio wouldn't officially comment on the matter, but they released the following statement earlier today,
Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.
Whether the studio decides to cancel screenings across the country or not, I think people will understand. The fact they are actually considering it says a lot.
Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time.