'Dark Knight Rises' Theater Incidents Increase Following Shooting

July 24, 2012 By:

Tensions are high, both in and out of theaters around the country in the wake of The Dark Knight Rises tragedy. People everywhere seem to be on edge, tempers are flaring unnecessarily, and at least one man has attempted to create his own version of the now infamous crime.

CBS News has compiled a list of incidents that can be attributed in some way to the devastation of last week's massacre. But despite all the negative energy and press, people seem to be flocking to the film in droves.

People Overreacting

Pittsburgh: A kid instigated an altercation by knocking on a bathroom stall door and swearing at a man for being inside. The man took issue with the kid’s mother, it got physical and another man got bit. The 51-year-old was arrested on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Inside an auditorium at the same theater complex, two woman got into a “scuffle” causing a man, for some reason to run out yelling “bomb!” People understandably panicked and stampeded for the door.

Arizona: There was some sort of a confrontation with an intoxicated 27-year-old man, that caused people to flee the theater in “mass hysteria.” He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating.

People Behaving Badly

Los Angeles: So what’s the most inappropriate reaction you can possibly think of to a delayed start time for a fairly controversial film? Wait for it… A 52-year-old man decided to shout out: "I should go off like in Colorado."

Then he asked: "Does anybody have a gun?" and kneeled to the floor to dig in his backpack.

He’s being held on $50,000 bail for not knowing he meaning of “too soon,” or “never appropriate.” Depending on how you want to look at it.

People As Potential Psychopathic Copycats

Maine: In the most upsetting, almost deadly addition to this list, one day after he had seen Batman do his thing for the sake of justice, a man was arrested after he was stopped for speeding. He told authorities he was hurrying to shoot his former boss. In his car he had a militia of guns and ammo as well as news clippings about the incident Colorado.

How It All Adds Up

Despite general anxiety and the behavior of a handful of jerks, the movie drew an incredible crowd; The Dark Knight Rises grossed $160.9M.

That’s $140.5M more than the film that took second place, Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D.

Though it’s ultimately irrelevant in light of these events, it is impossible to speculate on the math had these totally unnecessary tragedies never occurred.

Warner Bros. Donates Money To Shooting Victims

Warner Bros. is making a "substantial" donation to the victims of Friday's shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado according to Variety

A spokeswoman for the studio told the magazine that execs have arranged for the donation following conversations with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The funds will be donated through Colorado's Community First Foundation, identified on the givingfirst.org website and distributed through several charities that support the shooting victims.