Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has been in contact with the Colorado state governor’s office and will make a “substantial” contribution to the victims of the shooting.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has been in contact with Colorado governor John Heickenloopers’s office and plan to donate to a fund that has been identified by the governor on the website www.givingfirst.org. The fund that they have chosen to donate too distributes money across several charities that will help support victims of the shooting that occured on July 20th.
Warner Bros. will not release, publicly, the exact amount of their contribution but it is “substantial”. Employees of Warner Bros. will also recieve an email from Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer advising them about the donation and how they can donate personally to the victims.
In the last couple of days following the Aurora tragedy on July 20th, Warner Bros. has responded swiftly and with great sympathy to the victims and their families. The studio quickly released a statement saying that Warners ” and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
Along with planning to donate a hefty contribution for the victims of the tragedy, Warner Bros. also canceled a planned Paris premier and declined to release box office figures that The Dark Knight pulled in this weekend out of respect for the families of the victims. The last movie in the Batman trilogy pulled in an estimated $160.9 million in three days, which is the best opening ever for a 2D movie.
Warner Bros. is the first of the Hollywood organizations to step up and offer such a charitable gift. Cinemark, the company that owns the Centruy Aurora 16 theater where the shooting took place has yet to announce any plans of a donation. The MPAA and the National Association of Theatre Owners have yet to announce donation plans as well.