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Will the Colorado shooting affect your movie-going habits?


By now, you’ve surely all heard about the sickeningly senseless shooting rampage inside an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last night at a midnight screening of the “Dark Knight Rises.” A dozen people are dead and 50 are injured thus far.

It is, at least for the moment, casting a dark shadow over what was expected to be one of the biggest films of the year. Just like in Aurora, countless fans flocked to midnight screening around the country last night (Fresno included), clocking a record-breaking $28-30 million.

But what happens now? As I drove to work this morning, I was listening to a report about the shooting on KMJ. Hosts Blake Taylor and Ray Appleton agreed the shooting would hurt ticket sales this weekend and people would probably be less likely to dress up and go to midnight premieres in the future.

It those things were to happen, they’d surprise me. The “Dark Knight Rises” hype is huge. I doubt this keeps people away. In fact, I’d be shocked if it’s not the No. 1 movie at the box office come Monday. And I’ll be equally shocked if people weren’t lined up for hours before the next “Twilight” movie debuts.

But there’s no doubt in my mind that there will be lasting effects from this horrific massacre. And maybe some of those will be felt in movie theaters in the future.

So let’s talk about it: Are you more or less likely to go see “Dark Knight Rises” this weekend? Or any other movie for that matter? Are you re-thinking midnight premieres or just going to the movies altogether?

Responses to "Will the Colorado shooting affect your movie-going habits?"

kristina f. says:

well, I already bought my tickets for a showing tonight, so I will probably go. However, I feel that the theaters here in Fresno should really be more careful about their rules and safety regulations. What happened in CO was a crazy incident, but it can happen ANYWHERE. I doubt that there will be any copycats trying to do the same to another theater any time soon.

totally still going to movies.

Kiel says:

I look forward to the day when we get groped before going to a movie like getting on to a plane.

Edward says:

Do we really care about how much money movie will gross? Or do care more for the families that have lost loved ones?

ed says:

no, this will not change what i do at all.

Stephen says:

No, this will not change what I do at all.

And I hope it doesn’t change anything else. We canNOT let the minority event rule our lives. We don’t need more security, metal detectors, etc, because of this one guy.

Danielle says:

My 11-year old’s reaction to the news this morning was, “That’s scary.” So I asked him, “Would you be scared to go see that movie now?” and he answered, “No, but it would make me sad.”

I don’t think I’ll take him to see The Dark Knight Rises just because of the link to the tragedy now; it would be hard to watch graphic violence play out onscreen knowing that my son is thinking of what happened in real life. I was already on the fence being that it’s PG-13 anyway.

That said, I’ll repeat what I posted on Facebook earlier today: This is what happens when society continually embraces violence in and as forms of entertainment. Same goes for sex – it’s everywhere we look yet people are surprised by the number of perverts, rapists, and child molesters there are out there.

That’s just my opinion AS A PARENT, though. For me & my family, I believe it all starts at home. May not be the case for everyone, though, I realize…

barbara anderson says:

I’m working on a story about the shooting and would like to talk to you.

chris says:

There is not a chance in hell that this will affect my life or the choices I make. There are bad people everywhere you go. It’s an inescapable fact. Something like this could happen any place that people gather. To change your life, live in fear and let it deprive you of basic freedoms or simple joy is both sad and pathetic. Tragedy is part of life. Open your eyes, stand tall and live it without fear. To do anything less cheapens the memory of those who are no longer alive to enjoy theirs.

bsmonitor says:

I avoid crowded venues of this type, including buses and trains, for this very reason. Inversely, when I hear a helicopter searching from the airspace above my neighborhood, the first thing I do is chamber a round and actuate the safety on my personal weapon, then I turn out all interior lights and let the dogs loose into the back yard. Thanks for asking.

Dee says:

I stopped going to the movies in 2007. Can’t sit and relax with either kids crying or people talking or hitting the back of my chair. I would much rather rent a movie and enjoy it in the comfort of my home.

JJJJ says:

Like with any other tragedy, you’re more likely to be killed driving to the theater than being shot in one.

Laura says:

Right after the 911 attacks my son worked at a Riverpark theater as security. He saw two teenage kids acting suspicious. He asked them to let him check their back pack. They went to theater management and my son was fired. Management did not want to offend the customers.

Profit over safety.

Sherryal Cosby says:

It scares me, yes. I don’t even want to see movies in the theaters now. Reminded of the shooting. Also I wanted to see the movie Dark Knight Rises but knowing that those people were brutally killed at the first scene of violence during it will never allow me to watch it. Just knowing that was the last thing they really saw. Just breaks my heart.