Studios Withhold Box-Office Figures

    Police officers are seen outside a movie theater screening “The Dark Knight Rises,” Friday, July 20, 2012 in New York. A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly said the department was providing the extra security at theaters "as a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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    In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shooting, studios said they will forgo releasing box-office numbers for the weekend. Sony, Fox, Disney, and Universal announced Saturday that they had made the decision in solidarity with Warner Bros., distributor for The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. also cancelled cast appearances in Mexico and Japan, and pulled trailers for upcoming film Gangster Squad, which includes a depiction of gangsters firing guns in a movie theater.”Everybody is very saddened by the event. We were obviously looking for a very happy occasion for us,” a studio representative told the Associated Press. “It’s a difficult way to begin. We’re just more concerned now with the well-being of those that were injured, of course.”

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