"My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
During a midnight screening of the final Dark Knight film, 24-year-old James Holmes opened fired on a suburban Denver theater killing at least 12 people and injuring 59 others.
Holmes was apprehended and no motive has been identified, but as of now federal law officials do not believe the incident is tied to any terrorist movements, nor does it have any connection with the film itself.
Perhaps even more disturbing, Holmes remained calm and silent throughout the shooting. According to witnesses, Holmes walked into the theater with a gas mask, rifle and a handgun and unleashed his wrath on moviegoers.
As details of the heinous crime continue to emerge, Warner Bros confirmed to Deadline.com that they would not be releasing box office figures for the film out of respect to the victims.
'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,' read a statement.
However, according to the Los Angeles Times, The Dark Knight Rises performed strongly at the box office during its opening weekend in wake of the tragedy
Sources in Hollywood estimated that the final installment in the Batman trilogy grossed around $160 million upon its debut. Before Colorado tragedy, pre-release audience surveys had projected that the film would most likely gross between $180 million and $200 million during its first weekend in theaters.
Still, according to reports, the movie's opening weekend take is the third-highest ever behind The Avengers and the final Harry Potter movie. In 2008, The Dark Knight debuted with $158 million and went on to become one of 12 films to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
In addition to the Paris premiere of the film, Warner Bros. has also cancelled scheduled premieres in Mexico and Japan.