Movie studios are joining together to show respect for the victims of the horrific Aurora, Colorado, movie theater massacre by withholding weekend ticket sale figures for The Dark Knight Rises and other films.
The studios plan to wait until at least Monday to release the weekend box office grosses in order to bring some dignity to the 71 people shot at a Friday showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.
The thinking behind such a move likely comes from the fact that releasing whopping weekend ticket sales statistics right after the shootings took place could come off as insensitive on the part of the studios who profit from the box office hauls.
Out of respect for the victims and their families, 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.
Disney followed suit on Saturday by also announcing that it would wait until a later date to release new ticket sales data:
Disney will not be reporting box office data at this time in light of the tragedy in Colorado, a spokesperson told EW.
And a Sony spokesperson also told EW that the studio plans to withhold its ticket sales info for an unspecified amount of time, as a result of th Aurora, Colorado, tragedy:
We're joining our colleagues at Warner Bros. and not reporting grosses during this period of mourning.
The Dark Knight Rises is widely expected to be one of the highest-grossing films in movie history.