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National Poll Shows Most Not Afraid To Go To Movies

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Burbank, CA (WIBX) – A new poll by “Access Hollywood” shows that sixty-two percent of respondents are not afraid to go to the movies in the aftermath of last week’s deadly shootings at the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre.

Thirty-eight percent, however, say that the murders during the screening of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” have made them afraid to go to the movies.

Although Warner Brothers is not releasing this weekend’s box office results out of respect for the victims of the shooting, ticket sales were expected to top $150 million over the weekend.  Sony Pictures has joined Warner Brothers and has not released its sales figures for the weekend as well.

The movie’s director, Christopher Nolan, issued this statement on the movie’s website:

“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.”

The latest reports show that twelve people were killed and fifty-eight injured in the mass shooting.

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