And now a few carefully chosen words from John the Baptist
(which is to say his lawyers)
“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.”
And now Bret Easton Ellis’ stalker
“SATURDAY 6:45 AM, 11TH UPDATE: It may seem callous to post about North American and worldwide box office this weekend after the Colorado movie theater tragedy.”
“And of course our hearts go out to those killed and wounded. (I stayed up all Friday post-midnight/pre-dawn reporting on the shooting as the horrendous event unfolded.)”
Just like your role model
“But this is an entertainment business website that tracks movie grosses. And so many filmmakers inside and outside Hollywood worked exhaustively on The Dark Knight Rises — just as they do on every pic released each year — that the final product should be examined for its success vis a vis ticket sales.”
Rather than its Body Count.
We’re well aware of that Nikki. Massacres are merely a “Public Relations” problem, that should no more concern anyone who’s serious about Hollywood than reviews though as I’ve pointed out, The New Yorker (yes, The New Yorker) has been only too anxious to carry water for Warner Bros.
“Warner Bros Pictures has decided not to release its box office results this weekend until Monday. Rentrak won’t report worldwide estimates.”
“Dignity. Always Dignity!”
“That said, there can be no doubt that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is huge in terms of domestic grosses. In fact the entire moviegoing weekend should be up around +37% over last year, demonstrating the resilience of the public and their love for watching films in the shared experience of a movie theater.”
Which is as nothing compared to the shared experience of tallying the box office results. For we’re supposed to enjoy watching the money leave our pockets. Because as Nikki knows —
“Hopefully, with more security provided, the emotional distress and financial setback caused by one psychotic gunman won’t be permanent for theater chains. But the entire movie industry’s shock and grieving over the Aurora tragedy is real and intense. Although the national and international debate over the sociological effect of film violence will be ongoing — and necessary. Now, back to business.”
“I was told last night there were a lot of admissions still to count. But this morning The Dark Knight Rises looks to be in the $77.2 million range Friday – give or take a few million here or there – from 4,404 domestic theaters. That’s the 3rd all-time opening day and the best 2D single day. Look for a huge drop Saturday because of the $30.6M in midnight shows, including $2.2M IMAX grosses. (Previous installment The Dark Knight dropped -29% its Saturday, and this should be no different.) My sources say the 3-day weekend cume looks to be in the $170M range with the caveat that the Colorado tragedy may have an impossible-to-predict effect. This will be the largest grossing 2D North American opening weekend ever, past 2008′s The Dark Knight at $158M. However, despite the “like nothing ever happened” box office momentum which Warner Bros saw Friday morning, it is clear that The Dark Knight Rises numbers won’t be record-breaking. Yes, because of pre-sales, midnights shattered the $18.4M midnights generated by Marvel’s The Avengers earlier this summer. But it didn’t beat Avengers‘ $80.5M Friday and won’t beat Avengers‘ all-time $207.4M collected from 2D, Digital 3D, RealD, and IMAX 3D theaters.”
But wait, there’s more !
So get ready for next year’s massacre.
“Following the tragic shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros. has issued a statement that the studio does not intend to report opening weekend box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises.
“Out of respect for the victims and their families,” the statement reads, “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.”
The shooter, James Holmes, opened fire in an Aurora, CO theater during a midnight screening of the film, leaving 12 dead and dozens wounded. Director Christopher Nolan released his own statement today, calling the incident “unbearably savage.” While Warner Bros. will not be announcing the weekend’s figures, other studios will also have them, so it’s doubtful they will remain completely unknown until Monday.”
Such an important distinction. They’re going to wait 24 hours before trumpeting their haul.
Good taste is timeless.
Take it away kids!