Gary Oldman in Dark Knight Rises
gary oldman in dark knight rises

Christian Bale and Gary Oldman are the latest cast members from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to release statements about the shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 injured at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, Reelz Channel is reporting. After the shooting at a Thursday midnight showing at Century 16 theaters, Bale, who plays the title character, said: “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Oldman, who reprised his role of Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed final installment in this Batman trilogy, said he sent his prayers and deepest sympathies with the victims and their families. The actors’ statements come after the writer-director released a statement on Friday, on behalf of the cast and crew. The filmmaker said he expressed their “profound sorrow” for the Aurora community.

Despite the news of the horrific act, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is projected to have one of the highest opening weekends in box office history. The superhero film’s studio, Warner Bros., declined to release box office reports over the weekend, out of respect for the victims of the shooting.

But it’s believed ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ pulled in $77 million on Friday, the third-best opening day ever. It’s also projected to gross $170 million, putting it behind this year’s other hit superhero film, ‘Marvel’s The Avengers.’

Written by: Karen Benardello

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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